2019 legislation priorities for NFOA

New bill Introductions 

The 106th Nebraska Legislature has convened and we now see what gun bills have been introduced.  We don’t expect much of anything to get traction this session, but we do expect bills that are hostile to your firearms rights to get through committee.  

The Judiciary committee is now chaired by Senator Steve Lathrop who has a history to opposing individual Liberty.  He was previously on the Judiciary Committee.  Steve was term limited after serving 8 years, and after sitting out 4 years is back.  The rest of the Judiciary Committee is not looking friendly either, with many familiar anti-gun faces. 

Judiciary Committee Members 
Sen. Steve Lathrop, Chairperson 
Sen. Tom Brandt 
Sen. Ernie Chambers 
Sen. Wendy DeBoer 
Sen. Adam Morfeld 
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks 
Sen. Julie Slama 
Sen. Justin Wayne

 

Bills the NFOA will be following with interest this year: 

LB54 – Change provisions relating to carrying a concealed weapon 
Introduced by Sen Lowe 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=36851 

LB58 – Adopt the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act 
Introduced by Sen Morfeld 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=37067 

LB198 – Change provisions relating to use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and prohibit use of a facsimile firearm to commit a felony 
Introduced by Sen Halloran 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=36891 

LB275 – Require notification when persons prohibited by state or federal law attempt to obtain a handgun purchase permit or concealed handgun permit 
Introduced by Sen Hansen 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=37471 

LB343 – Adopt the School Safety Rapid Response Option Act and authorize schools to allow employees to carry concealed handguns 
Introduced by Sen Halloran 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=37375


LB542 – Adopt the Firearm Safety Act and provide a tax credit 
Introduced by Sen Lowe 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=36796

LB582 – Change provisions relating to possession of a stolen firearm 
Introduced by Sen Brewer 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=37137

LB589 – Prohibit peace officers from serving as school resource officers 
Introduced by Sen Chambers 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=37756

 

2019 Senator List: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php 

Find your senator:  https://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php

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Safe Storage Task Force Update 

Mayor Chris Beutler announced the creation of a Child Access to Firearms/Safe Storage Task Force. Beutler asked the task force to examine strategies to reduce access to firearms by children and to increase the safe storage of firearms in the community. The “concept” originally put forward by Lincoln City Council Member,Leirion Gaylor Baird, representatives of Nebraskans against Gun Violence began testifying in support of a task force during the open microphone sessions of the City Council. The NFOA was not asked to participate in the Task Force, and we were concerned during the preliminary press coverage that no firearms experts from any of the many recognized organizations within our state had a seat at the table.  We are now aware that a Lincoln Range owner will be participating, and in a more recent update, there will be representation by the local NRA rep on the task force. After many of our members responded to a call to action in our online community,  we still have many of original concerns unaddressed and questions unanswered. We will continue to watch this closely.