Call to Action! – FixNICS bill

The FixNICS bill has been attached to the Omnibus bill.  It was VOTED ON TODAY, and passed. We have some serious concerns about this piece of legislation and believe more work is needed to ensure law abiding citizens are not stripped of our constitutional rights in the name of Feel Good “Violence Prevention” laws. We do not feel there are enough “due process protections” in Fix NICS or Gun confiscation order bills to be workable. 

NSSF, NRA-ILA, legislators and more don’t appear to recognize the threat behind the meaning of “enhanced” background checks and introduction of a new “gun confiscation” court order.   

The enhancement to reporting requirements within the Fix NICS bill require:

  • All agencies … At every level … to Add names to the secret NICS database
  • Mandated reporting for mental health treatment – not adjudicated mentally ill, just treated for an issue effecting your mental health – Could be for such simple and routine things as stress, death of a family member, loss of a job… typical reasons why any healthy person would seek assistance from a mental health practitioner, but like the no fly list, good luck getting off this one!
  • As victims of the false NICS reports will attest, once you are wrongly on the prohibited list, just as with the no fly list, there’s practically no getting off of it.  It can take multiple years until you can actually buy a new firearm. 

What this bill DOESN’T have… safeguards preventing the government from searching as far and wide into your medical and mental health records and ensuring that rash responses and false reporting don’t strip away gun owners rights on a whim.  

To that end, we are also very concerned about the establishment of an easier and quicker way for courts to issue Gun Confiscation Orders – with no crime being committed. We are hearing “Don’t worry, only serious mental health issues are reported to NICS and there are strong due process protections!” What due process are you afforded? The burden of proof is now on you.

  • Prove to the court you are not a risk to yourself or others
  • Prove to the court you are not on drugs, addicted to alcohol
  • Prove to the court’s satisfaction any burden levied by the court.  

Through this expansion of powers, firearms could be seized from anyone (except a government employee – interesting exception isn’t it?)  There are no provisions for how to be removed as a prohibited person and there is no penalty for someone who wrongly adds someone to the list.

Contact your Senator and ask for the FixNICS to be stripped from the spending bill!  

Find their contact information here: 
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ 

LB100 passed 47-0 on final reading!

Thank you to Senator Stinner for working to advance LB100 to require that Mental Health Boards use clear and convincing standards of proof when determining the removal of disqualifications on a petitioner from the possession of firearms.

Legislative Update after Week 2

This past week we saw more gun bills introduced and a few gun bills carried over from last year were heard on the floor of the legislature.

LB902 
Senator Bostelman introduced LB902 to authorize the withholding from the public of information regarding firearm registration, possession, sale, or use. This is a reintroduction of a bill that did not make it out of the Judiciary Committee last year. We supported LB637 last year. This year the bill was directed to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee so we expect it could come out of committee this year. The hearing has been scheduled for January 18th. This is something we have been trying to get traction for a few year now. Even if we can get this out of committee this year it will be a challenge to get it on the floor for debate with this being a short session.

LB81 
The bill introduced by Carol Blood of Bellevue to increase the cost of the Firearm Purchase Certificate was debated on Tuesday. After a couple hours debate it was effectively killed. Senator Larson introduced a motion to postpone the bill indefinitely. That motion passed 27-17. NFOA testified against this bill and fought against it. You can see the voting record for that motion here: 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_votes.php?KeyID=2545 

LB100 
Senator Stinner’s bill, LB100, to require Mental Health Boards use clear and convincing standards of proof when determining the removal of disqualifications on a petitioner from the possession of firearms was heard on Tuesday. It advanced past the first round of debate. NFOA testified in favor of this bill. The vote count can bee seen here:https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_votes.php?KeyID=2546

LB321 
A lot of time was spent debating the bill introduced by Senator Lowe to allow collegiate teams to store their firearms on campus. LB321 got out of committee last year with no opposition. Senator Ernie Chambers used his time to discuss many issues unrelated to the bill both Tuesday and Wednesday. Chambers used his usual tactics of filing motions to postpone and motions to reconsider the vote on his failed motion to waste time and bloviate on his contempt for all senators. NFOA requested this bill to be introduced and are thankful to Senator Lowe for putting in the time and effort to champion this for us. It cannot be easy to put up with the tactics of Senator Chambers. This will come up again for more debate soon.

LB780 
We expect to see a massive turnout of citizens for the major anti-gun legislation introduced by Lincoln Senator Pansing-Brooks. Her bill, LB780, to ban suppressors and “multiburst trigger activators” will be heard in the Judiciary Committee on January 25th at 1:30pm. We need everyone that currently owns a suppressor in the State of Nebraska to make an attempt to fill the halls that day, along with every gun owner that can get the day off. 

Statewide Preemption 
We will be busy this months with hearings and likely debate again on Statewide Preemption. More information about statewide preemption is being shared on YouTube in the form of short videos discussing various aspects of the bill. To learn more be sure to follow the NFOA YouTube channel where you will be notified when new videos are added. This is a critically important bill to all Nebraska firearms owners. Be sure to get involved and keep pressure on your senator to support this bill. LB68 will show everyone with certainty who does support the Nebraska Constitution and who does not.


Summary of bills 
Many of the bills that have been introduced this session have been scheduled for committee hearings. Below is a list of bill introduced this year and the current status. Follow the links to see more details and full language of the bills.

LB730 – Adopt the Ammunition Excise Tax Act 
Revenue Committee – not scheduled yet

LB780 – Prohibit multiburst triggers and silencers 
Judiciary Committee – scheduled for hearing January 25, 2018

LB848 – Correct a provision relating to possession by prohibited person 
Judiciary Committee – scheduled for hearing January 19, 2018

LB849 – Procedure for return of handguns temporarily taken by Law enforcement 
Judiciary Committee – scheduled for hearing January 25, 2018

LB902 – Authorize withholding from public information regarding firearms 
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee – scheduled for hearing January 18

Ohio lawmakers consider to make major changes to gun laws

Would impact having guns in cars, at the statehouse and no longer require retreating from a threat before using a gun.

Gun-rights supporters are pushing for the right to carry concealed weapons in more places in Ohio, eliminate the requirement that people tell cops who stop them that they have a firearm and no longer require someone to retreat from a threat before using a gun.

Eight gun bills pending in the Ohio General Assembly seek to expand gun rights.

Nearly 40 lawmakers are signed on as sponsors of a “stand your ground” bill that would remove the duty to retreat from a threat. House Bill 228 would re-work Ohio’s self-defense laws and reduce requirements faced by CCW holders, such as keeping their hands in plain sight during traffic stops.

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Competing Federal Knife Bills Blunt Reform Efforts

This story is added because of interest on the NFOA Forum members.

With Donald Trump as President, now is the time to reform federal knife laws and to protect knife owners from abusive state laws.

Two different bills have been introduced, one in the House, H.R. 84, by Knife Rights, and one in the Senate, S. 1092, by American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI). The two bills are based on continuing efforts by both groups. They are superficially similar, but differ in crucial details. Both bills are fairly short.

As with all legislation, you have to read the language very carefully and critically to understand some of the differences.

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Protections Vastly Different in Competing Knife Bills

This story is added because of interest on the NFOA Forum members.

Two knife owner protection bills are making their way through Congress, one backed by an industry group and the other backed by an owners’ advocacy group. An analysis of the bills shows that although they share similar purposes, they offer vastly different protections, making it evident that changes will be needed to gain acceptance by both interests.

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Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018 with compromises, senator says

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring senator said he will try again in 2018.

State Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said Monday he has nearly worked out compromises to address some concerns of law enforcement authorities and city officials that the bill would end local gun-control ordinances they consider necessary for public safety.

But there’s not enough time in the closing days of the legislative session for all sides to review and approve the amendment language, he said.

 

So the senator asked that Legislative Bill 68 be pulled from the agenda, where it was scheduled Monday for second-round debate. The bill will carry over to next session, and Hilgers said he will work to get it through.

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Thanks for the many Senators that voted for LB 68

The thousands of members of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association extend our appreciation and thanks for the many Senators who voted for Cloture during the filibuster of LB-68 in the Unicameral. We look forward to the continued discussion and debate on this important piece of legislation.

Police Have Safety Concerns Over New Gun Law

“It appears to take away some of the necessary scrutiny legally that we do when we investigate deadly force incidents. It seems to give a pretty subjective view and opportunity for people to make some glaring errors in their judgment and not be held accountable for that,” said Sergeant Paul Parizek, Public Information Officer for the Des Moines Police Department. Sgt. Parizek sees some deficiencies in the new gun law that he believes could cause some unnecessary violence or death to occur.

The law, which expands Stand Your Ground, takes away the duty to retreat. “The problem is if you have a duty to retreat, anything you do to repel that force may be looked at later by somebody who wasn`t there, didn`t have the adrenaline rushing through their body, wasn`t in the dark in a strange place and they may sit in an office somewhere or a courtroom and say well, we think that you could have safely gotten away without endangering yourself,” said Richard Rogers, Iowa Firearms Coalition Board Member and Lobbyist.

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision.

Too many holes in the dike, not enough paid “moms” to block the rush of Freedom seeping through the dam.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision. Branstad signed the legislation Thursday. Portions of the bill go into effect immediately though most will be enforced starting July 1.

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Gun control group vows $25M to fight ‘concealed carry’

Preparing for life with Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in Congress, Mike Bloomberg’s gun control group is threatening to spend more than $25 million in 2018 races.

Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and funded by the billionaire former New York City mayor, is hiring several new top staffers and turning much of its attention to state legislatures, while moving to a defensive posture in Washington as it tries to stop what’s known as “concealed carry reciprocity” from becoming law. That will include starting to score Congressional votes, like the NRA does, to guide spending decisions more directly.

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Iowa Senate passes omnibus firearms reform bill

A pro-gun House bill that includes “stand your ground” provisions was approved by lawmakers in the Iowa Senate on Tuesday.

The measure, HF 517, would strike the duty to retreat from the use of force guidelines in Iowa while bringing a host of other changes to the state’s firearms laws. The Senate made several minor bipartisan changes to the proposal before it passed on a Republican-heavy 33-17 vote, returning it to the House for concurrence.

The stand your ground protections drew the most conversation on the floor with Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Pottawattamie, the manager for the bill in the Senate, defending the move.

“The use of deadly force — or any force for that matter — has to be justified in defense of yourself or another, and the force has to be reasonable. Those two things don’t change here,” Dawson said. “All we are trying to say here in this bill is that you have a right to defend yourself not only in specific areas but any area you have a lawful right to be.”

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Tennessee: Multiple Gun Bills on the Move in the Legislature

House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445 would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This bill would prohibit local government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on local property unless certain conditions are met.  Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.  HB 508, sponsored by Representative William Lamberth (R-44), has been sent to the House Finance Subcommittee.  SB 445, sponsored by Senator John Stevens (R-24), is pending consideration by the Senate Finance Committee.

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With Republicans in control, gun rights advocates make their move

 

At least 41 states, including Minnesota, are considering or have already passed measures this year to expand access to guns. Some would allow residents to carry handguns, either openly or concealed, without a government permit. Others would allow guns in places where they are currently banned, including schools, government buildings like post offices and libraries, and college campuses.

At the same time, gun control activists with fewer allies in political power are pushing to broaden background checks and ensure that weapons are removed from homes during domestic violence arrests.

Both sides in the divisive and emotional debate say Trump’s win was a catalyst for the flurry of activity. The new president left no doubt as a candidate that he strongly supports loosening gun restrictions.

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PA governor promises to veto gun preemption bill moving through Senate

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will veto a preemption bill aimed at firearm regulations should it get to his desk.

The Senate Local Government Committee advanced Senate Bill 5, a rebooted proposal invalidated by the Supreme Court last year, on a vote of 8-3, sending the measure to the full chamber for consideration.

During the committee’s meeting Tuesday, Minority Committee Chairman Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawana, delivered the veto news on behalf of the administration as he urged a no-vote on the legislation.

“Quite simply because I think this bill is doing something unprecedented in allowing a membership organization to sue a local government and allow injunctive relief,” he said. “When I consider the things our local governments are facing, I don’t know why we are considering this.”

The bill would prevent the state’s 2,500-plus municipalities from enacting gun ordinances stricter than state law. A similar measure was introduced in the House earlier this month.

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PA governor promises to veto gun preemption bill moving through Senate

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will veto a preemption bill aimed at firearm regulations should it get to his desk.

The Senate Local Government Committee advanced Senate Bill 5, a rebooted proposal invalidated by the Supreme Court last year, on a vote of 8-3, sending the measure to the full chamber for consideration.

During the committee’s meeting Tuesday, Minority Committee Chairman Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawana, delivered the veto news on behalf of the administration as he urged a no-vote on the legislation.

“Quite simply because I think this bill is doing something unprecedented in allowing a membership organization to sue a local government and allow injunctive relief,” he said. “When I consider the things our local governments are facing, I don’t know why we are considering this.”

The bill would prevent the state’s 2,500-plus municipalities from enacting gun ordinances stricter than state law. A similar measure was introduced in the House earlier this month.

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Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

I want to thank you again for having signed up to receive GOA’s legislative updates and for taking action on the alerts that Gun Owners of America sends you.

Your activism really makes a difference.

Consider the pro-gun victories we’ve recently achieved together — and what happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

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Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

I want to thank you again for having signed up to receive GOA’s legislative updates and for taking action on the alerts that Gun Owners of America sends you.

Your activism really makes a difference.

Consider the pro-gun victories we’ve recently achieved together — and what happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Full Story CLICK HERE

Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

I want to thank you again for having signed up to receive GOA’s legislative updates and for taking action on the alerts that Gun Owners of America sends you.

Your activism really makes a difference.

Consider the pro-gun victories we’ve recently achieved together — and what happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Full Story CLICK HERE

Republicans Move to Strengthen Protections for Interstate Travel by Gun Owners

Bill would allow pit stops and overnight stays during travel with firearms

Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced a bill to the Senate on March 14 that would institute new protections for gun owners who travel across state lines with their firearms.

The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, also introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) to the House of Representatives in January, would expand and clarify the interstate firearm transportation rules instituted under the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Under that law, Americans are allowed to transport firearms from one state where they can legally possess them to another so long as certain requirements are met, such as the firearms being unloaded and locked in a container not easily accessible to passengers.

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Conceal carry gun bill would allow states to cross-honor permits

A gun owner crossing state lines with a legally registered firearm can land in prison under what critics say is a “patchwork” of laws that have little to do with public safety.

A bill working its way to President Trump’s desk could change that, by allowing gun owners who are allowed to carry concealed guns in their home states to exercise the rights in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.

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Florida Poised to Strengthen ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

MIAMI — Florida, which spearheaded the country’s use of the “stand your ground” defense, is poised to significantly alter its self-defense laws, making it easier for defendants to use them.

The Florida Legislature is on the verge of passing legislation that would bolster self-defense laws and shift the burden to prosecutors during immunity hearings to show that such laws should not apply.

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Nebraska lawmaker pushes to keep gun registration info secret

Nebraska lawmakers are considering legislation that would exempt gun registrations from public record and add new responsibilities for business owners who want to prohibit firearms in their shops.

The state should add any information gathered for gun registrations to a set of records including medical records and students’ academic records that are not available to the public, Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard told a legislative committee Wednesday. He said this would protect private information that could be used for identity theft or to harass gun owners.

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Nebraska: Legislation that Protects Gun Owners’ Privacy to be Heard

On Wednesday, March 8, the Judiciary Committee will be hearing Legislative Bill 637.  Introduced by state Senator Bruce Bostelman (LD 23), LB 637 will protect the privacy of gun owners by requiring that information regarding firearm possession, sale, use, registration, permits, or applications be maintained as confidential and not considered a public record.  This will ensure that newspapers and those intent on harassing law-abiding gun owners are not able to obtain and publish this information.

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Constitutional Carry Comes to New Hampshire!

With the stroke of his pen, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) made it legal to carry a concealed firearm without a license Wednesday.

It’s the first bill he has signed since taking office.

“It is common-sense legislation,” Sununu said during a ceremony in Executive Council chambers. “This is about making sure that our laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the live-free-or-die spirit.”

Detractors are already coming out of the woodwork, arguing that the permit process was a way to determine who was “suitable” to carry a firearm. Suitability for permits is determined by local police chiefs.

“This bill will eliminate the state’s longstanding permitting system and prevent local law enforcement from making important determinations that help keep guns out of dangerous hands,” said Joseph Plaia, a Portsmouth police commissioner and member of Granite State Coalition for Common Sense.

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Major Gun Bill Introduced in the Iowa House

The Iowa House of Representatives has just introduced a major pro-gun owner bill. House Study Bill 133 (HSB133) is a comprehensive gun bill that effectively re-writes a large portion of Iowa’s firearms and use of force laws. HSB133 is a major bill (more than 41 pages long) that benefits Iowa gun owners in numerous ways. We’ve listed a general overview below.

This bill revises nearly every portion of Iowa’s weapons law, as well as other sections of the Code dealing with criminal penalties, the justifiable use of force and even regulation of vehicles. Such an extensive effort involves legitimately complex legal considerations. This Study Bill allows time for some final fine-tuning while still meeting legislative deadlines.

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2017 legislative bills and priorities for NFOA

Greetings NFOA

It’s going to be a busy session at the unicameral with several firearms related bills! We are exceptionally pleased with the current status of LB-68 State Preemption introduced by Senator Mike Hilgers, District 21 and sponsored by Senators Ebke, 32; Geist, 25; Groene, 42; Kolterman, 24; Larson, 40; Lindstrom, 18; Lowe, 37; Murante, 49; Watermeier, 1; Bostelman, 23; Halloran, 33; and Brasch, 16. This critical piece of legislation emphasizes the power and authority of the state in matters that affect ownership and possession of firearms and will serve to bring equality under the law throughout the state. When passed, law abiding firearms owners will no longer be under the threat of accidentally stepping on a land mine of overreaching city and municipality ordinances.

We’ve been working very closely with Senators and their staff the past several weeks to strengthen the understanding and support for LB-68. We are especially grateful for the support provided by Senators Geist and Lowe.  They are working to get LB-68 passed by withdrawing other firearms bills as they recognize the unfavorable composition of the Judiciary committee. A majority of those on the committee are not 2A friendly, and as a result these other bills would only serve as a distraction from and a risk to LB-68.

Building relationships is critical to our ongoing success in the Unicameral. We pride ourselves in professionally representing your interests and we’ve achieved strong and positive relationships with Senators and their staff.

Besides our priority bill, LB-68, there are several other firearms related bills which we will be actively addressing.

LB-350 provides for setting aside certain misdemeanor and felony convictions, however there is some concerning language with regards to the current ability for setting aside firearm prohibiting convictions. We’ve testified at the hearing and will be seeking a floor amendment.

LB-321 will change the provisions relating to unlawful possession of a firearm at school. It would afford Trap Shooting teams the same ability to store their equipment on campus. Current accommodations are provided in the law for UNL’s Rifle Team and we seek to provide the same opportunity to other firearm related sports teams. We are actively educating the public and members of the Unicameral on the validity of this bill.

LB-637 will prohibit disclosure of information related to firearms owners and concealed carry permit holders. With the recent release of firearms instructors’ personal information in California, the time is now to protect our privacy.

LB-501 will change the prohibitions on locations where permit holders may carry a concealed firearm.

LB-100 seeks to change provisions relating to removal of firearm-related disabilities under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act

LB-666 would address the recent Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that effects the definition of a concealed weapon to ensure the spirit and intent of our current law is clarified to protect your rights to legally transport firearms. This Bill was introduced by Kintner and has been picked up by Senator Lowe.

There are others which we’d like to keep you aware:

LB-556 is quite the patchwork bill which seeks to change provisions relating to firearms and create offenses of use of a facsimile or non-functioning firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited juvenile offender. We will be seeking clarification of the bill’s intent.

LB-39 prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and could affect antique firearms.

LB-81 seeks to increase the application fee for handgun purchase permits.

LB-82 seeks to update the DMV Nebraska Driver’s Manual to include certain traffic safety information and includes a recommendation for anyone transporting a firearm to notify police officers if stopped.

LB-394 seeks to change the provisions relating to possession of a deadly weapon by person subject to a domestic violence protection order

LB-500 would authorize the carrying of concealed handguns by qualified active and retired law enforcement officers

Our partner, the Nebraska Sportsmen’s Foundation, has 7 bills this year. Plans are underway to generate understanding and support of our mutual interests during the upcoming joint Wild Game Feed for Senators.

As always, we are proud to work on behalf of all law-abiding firearms owners in Nebraska. We appreciate you sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter. If you have time to spare and would like to volunteer your talents and time with NFOA, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are a true grassroots organization, with 100% of our work accomplished by unpaid volunteers. All donations are used to advocate for you in the Unicameral and we appreciate those of you who have made a recent contribution. Please consider making a contribution this month or set up a recurring donation.

 
Sincerely,

Patricia Harrold

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association

 

Please help fund our efforts in the 2017 legislative session.

 
 
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2017 legislation priorities for NFOA

  1. Preemption LB68 (Senator Hilgers) Reinforces that the state is the original authority and that laws controlling firearms ownership and possession shall not be overridden by local laws (county, city, municipality).  LB-68, as introduced by Senator Hilgers, is a Big One…STATE PREEMPTION! Almost every other state (43 of them) have some form of Preemption where City Councils are NOT allowed to interpret the 2nd Amendment. This bill would simply create uniform firearm laws across our state.
  2. Signage (more information to follow)
  3. Supreme Court Clarification (Senator Friesen) (more information to follow)

 

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2017 Nebraska Legislative Committee Chairs

The full Committee chair list:

-Speaker: Jim Scheer (R)

-Committee on Committees: Joni Craighead (R)

-Executive Committee Chairman: Dan Watermeier (R)

-Executive Committee Vice Chairman: John Kuehn (R)

-Agriculture Committee Chairman: Lydia Brasch (R)

-Appropriations Committee: John Stinner (R)

-Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee: Brett Lindstrom (R)

-Business and Labor Committee: Joni Albrecht (R)

-Education Committee: Mike Groene (R)

-General Affairs Committee: Tyson Larson (R)

-Government and Military Affairs Committee: John Murante (R)

-Health and Human Services Committee: Merv Riepe (R)

-Judiciary Committee: Laura Ebke (R)

-Natural Resources Committee: Dan Hughes (R)

-Retirement Systems Committee: Mark Kolterman (R)

-Revenue Committee: Jim Smith (R)

-Transportation and Telecommunication Committee: Curt Friesen (R)

-Urban Affairs Committee: Justin Wayne (D)

-Rules Committee: Mike Hilgers (R)

-Enrollment and Review Committee: Anna Wishart (D)

I need your help

Fellow NFOA Member,

I am at the 2016 Gun Rights Policy Conference in Tampa, Florida as I write this. As I listen to the stories of success and ongoing challenges across the country in our fight for firearms freedom I felt the need to reach out to you.

Have you ever been fed up with the sympathetic way our state senators respond, if they even do, to the anti-gun blather in the media?

I know I have, just as I am sure you have.

It seems like almost every week we read about another mass shooting.

And before the body is even cold the liberals in the media and liberal politicians areblaming youthe law abiding gun owner.

Historically, politicians in Nebraska have always at least paid lip service to the Second Amendment.

It’s part of our tradition.

People in Nebraska have a long record of exercising their Second Amendment rights in a responsible fashion.

Thanks to a strong base of hunters and sportsmen here in Nebraska, as well as the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, most politicians don‘t dare come out and say they oppose our right to keep and bear arms!

That is why we need people in the Legislature who will do everything they can to protect our right to keep and bear arms – not just “say” they do!

You see, Nebraska has far too many Senators that won’t lift a finger to protect our Second Amendment rights representing conservative districts where their constituents are over-whelmingly pro-Second Amendment.

They run as conservative, pro-gun candidates and govern like liberal Senators.

For a Red State, when it comes to gun laws, Nebraska has a bunch of Blue state laws. In fact, there has not been a single significant Pro-Second Amendment bill passed in almost 10 years!

Some politicians just can’t get it through their heads that you don’t create a safe society by disarming the good guys.

NFOA has been going down to Legislative hearings on gun bills to testify on behalf of bills that protect our Second Amendment rights and the Senators on the Judiciary Committee couldn’t care less about our rights or what we have to say.

The fact is, we just need to be involved earlier in the process. We need to be involved in electing Senators that not only support the Second Amendment, but have the courage to fight for our rights.

But, there is good news, this year there are a number of strong, pro-liberty, pro-Second Amendment candidates for the Legislature running in seats held by Senators that are not at all good on the Second Amendment.

And this is where you come in.

The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association-Political Action Fund has identified several races where our involvement could push a conservative, pro-Second Amendment candidate over the finish line to victory on November 8th.

By spending just about $24,000 to blanket the districts with direct mail of several pro-gun, pro-liberty candidates that the NFOA-PAF has identified, we can change the make-up of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

There is no time to waste. We need your help immediately to fund this important operation.

I need to you contribute today. Just a small contribution of $100, $75, $50, $25 or even $10 would help us elect some pro-gun Legislators.

If every NFOA member would donate just $3 dollars we would be fully funded to make a difference in key Legislative races here in Nebraska.

Unfortunately, there will some members that will not contribute. They will leave it to others or figure since they donated to a big national gun organization their work is done.

But, if you want to change the gun laws to protect our rights in Nebraska, I need you to send NFOA-PAF a check today or go the link provided and contribute on line.

So, if you agree we me that we need to send leaders to Lincoln who are willing to fight for our gun rights – then I hope I can count on your contribution.

Sincerely,

Rod Moeller
NFOA President

P.S. If you believe that our gun rights in Nebraska are worth fighting for, then please contribute $250, $100, $50, $25 or even $10, so that the NFOA-PAF can elect pro-liberty, pro-Second Amendment candidates to the Legislature.

P.S.S. The NFOA-PAF is a separate partner organization to the NFOA. The NFOA-PAF is the organization that is allowed to campaign for or against candidates.

Upgraded Idaho Castle Doctrine

The video explains it all but in summary, if a criminal breaks into your home in Idaho it is NOT necessarily justification to shoot him.  You must prove that he intended to do you harm.

That is NOT what a gun owner should have to worry about when someone breaks into their home.

It should not be on you, as the victim, to have to prove your innocence.  It should be the criminals job to prove that you maliciously killed him!

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legislation to create a statewide firearms preemption law

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association (NFOA) is a grassroots group of Nebraska firearm enthusiasts who support the 2nd Amendment and the lawful exercise thereof for all purposes (hunting, recreation, protection). NFOA speaks out for and on behalf of firearm owners to the Nebraska Legislature and other law making bodies of the state.

Most recently NFOA attempted to pass LB289 that unfortunately failed by one vote. LB289 was legislation to create a statewide firearms preemption law that would nullify Omaha’s handgun registrations system and Lincoln’s backdoor registration among other 2nd Amendment infringing local laws. Both Omaha’s and Lincoln’s laws have been ineffective in deterring crime or stopping criminals from owning and using firearms. These local laws can and do cause harm to lawful gun owners. NFOA is run by volunteers and membership is free CLICK HERE

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Congressional GUN Bill, HR5611, Has NO-FLY LIST Hidden In It, Very Bad

Without using the lightning-rod term NO-FLY LIST, Bill HR5611 sweeps all those people into a new anti-gun-rights database, because everyone there has been “investigated” in some fashion, and anyone investigated is covered by this proposed law. It’s very clever actually.

The guesstimate numbers of people announced publicly include 70,000 names on the no-fly list (people who’ve supposedly been “investigated” enough to be on that list) and one million people on the terrorism watch list, plus the “selectees” list with an unknown number of people. These are people charged with nothing, convicted of nothing, free to travel anywhere, just not by air. Presumably, TSA airport scanners and checkpoints don’t work on these people. The NICS database will see a massive increase if this passes.

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New California Laws

California, one of the most virulent anti-Second Amendment states, just became even less friendly to gun owners.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed six new gun control bills into law on Friday and vetoed five others that came across his desk, according to the Reason.com. These bills were introduced in response to the 2015 terrorist attacks in San Bernardino.

The new laws include nearly everything gun control advocates claim will stop gun violence:

  • Require an ID and background check to purchase ammunition and create a new DOJ database of ammunition owners (SB 1235).
  • Ban possession of and confiscate ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, exempting retired police, of course (SB 1446).
  • Broadly defines the term “Assault Weapon,” as a “semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds,” among other things (AB 1135).
  • Criminalizes the loaning of guns without background checks to close family members or other sportsmen (AB 1511)
  • Makes falsely reporting a firearm as having been stolen a prohibiting offense (AB 1695).
  • Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices (SB 880).
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California Governor Brown

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The very same anti-gun groups that lobbied for such laws in California regularly pass us in the halls of our very own Nebraska Unicameral! NFOA fights for your 2nd Amendment rights. Help Us CLICK HERE

House plans gun vote next week

The House will vote after the Fourth of July recess on a measure to keep guns out of the hands of people on government terrorist watchlists, according to reports.

The vote comes after Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to push for legislative action in the wake of the country’s deadliest mass shooting.

The GOP-backed legislation will be introduced as part of a terrorism package that will include a provision to prevent gun sales to anyone on the government’s “No Fly List” for terrorism suspects or the “Selectee List” for extra airport screening.

The package will also include a measure that would give law enforcement three days to decide whether a gun sale should be blocked. Similar ideas have been advocated by the National Rifle Association.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan

 

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Little common ground on gun laws for two area senators

Two women sit side by side on the Judiciary Committee, both elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2014, both in their 50s.

Sens. Laura Ebke and Patty Pansing Brooks live 24.5 miles apart in the Lincoln-Crete area. Both are married; each has three kids. They are members of the same religious denomination: United Church of Christ.

Both have doctorates from the University of Nebraska: Ebke’s in political science, Pansing Brooks’ in law.

And each one says she believes in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms.

So how is it they would have such a long walk to reach common ground on the issue of guns?

Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
Sen. Laura Ebke
Sen. Laura Ebke

 

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What Nebraska Senators will honor their oath & who will violate it?

Official Nebraska Senators oath; refusal; disqualification.

Executive and judicial officers and members of the legislature, before they enter upon their official duties shall take and subscribe the following oath, or affirmation. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the State of Nebraska, and will faithfully discharge the duties of ………. according to the best of my ability, and that at the election at which I was chosen to fill said office, I have not improperly influenced in any way the vote of any elector, and have not accepted, nor will I accept or receive, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing from any corporation, company or person, or any promise of office, for any official act or influence (for any vote I may give or withhold on any bill, resolution, or appropriation).” Any such officer or member of the legislature who shall refuse to take the oath herein prescribed, shall forfeit his office, and any person who shall be convicted of having sworn falsely to, or of violating his said oath shall forfeit his office, and thereafter be disqualified from holding any office of profit or trust in this state unless he shall have been restored to civil rights.

James Madison said- “I believe there are more instances of abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” And that’s the liberal’s agenda: gradual and silent encroachment. Stay alert on your watch, patriots.

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If ‘gang members’ registered their guns in Omaha…

If ‘gang members’ registered their guns in Omaha… (State Senator Heath Mello suggested this during his testimony against State Preemption earlier this year)

…then why did this violent felon accused of multiple murders spanning a 6 year period just now get convicted for a Murder from 2009?

In Senator Mello’s utopian society, the UnConstitutional Omaha Gun Registration would have helped to solve this case years ago!

North Omaha’s struggles unite Chambers, candidates vying for his Legislature seat

Two political newcomers are challenging Nebraska’s best-known and longest-serving state senator for the legislative seat representing north Omaha.

John Sciara has been endorsed by the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.

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John Sciara

Age: 60

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired Air Force and Army Reserve

Home: Omaha

Public offices held: none

Education: associate degree, Community College of Air Force; expected graduation from Creighton University in December 2016

Family: married, three sons

Faith: Christian

Nebraska Abolishes Civil Forfeiture

Nebraskans now have more legal protections against abusive, unjust property seizures than most Americans.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, has signed a major state forfeiture bill into law. Like New Mexico before it, the Cornhusker State now requires a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited.

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Do we need more Government control & restrictions on Liberty OR less?

Senator Schumer Wants DOJ, ATF to Block Sale of Smartphone Gun

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Standing beside photographs of a new product, U.S. Sen Charles Schumer, (D-New York), shown holding an iPhone 5S, voices his opposition to a handgun that appears to be a cell phone during a news conference in his office, Monday, April 4, 2016, in New York. According to the website of Ideal Conceal, the company has developed a double-barreled, .380 caliber handgun that can serve as a concealed weapon. The gun lists for $395. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Standing beside photographs of a new product, U.S. Sen Charles Schumer, (D-New York), shown holding an iPhone 5S, voices his opposition to a handgun that appears to be a cell phone during a news conference in his office, Monday, April 4, 2016, in New York. According to the website of Ideal Conceal, the company has developed a double-barreled, .380 caliber handgun that can serve as a concealed weapon. The gun lists for $395. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

“We came within one vote of passing LB-289″….OR DID WE?

“We came within one vote of passing LB-289″….OR DID WE?

The official tally will show that we came within one vote of ending the filibuster on LB-289 & advancing it to the next round of debate but looks can be deceiving!

When Every single State Senator in attendance had cast their vote verbally, we were 2 votes short of clearing the hurdle…One Republican Senator was kind enough to come to our rescue!

John S. Mccollister for Legislature was principled enough to change his vote at the last possible second so that we could get the ‘moral victory’ of coming within one vote of advancing this important bill!

Southwest Omaha…Is this how you expect to be represented?

Legislative District 20 encompasses those tax paying Omahan’s who live between 72nd-144th, between Pacific & I-80 Or as far south as Q street once West of I-680.

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IOWA: SUPPRESSOR OWNERSHIP AND HUNTING NOW LEGAL

At 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 31st, Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 2279 into law, officially making Iowa the 42nd state to legalize the private possession of suppressors. Effective immediately, the new law also makes Iowa the 39th state to allow for the use of suppressors while hunting.

Congratulations to our friends across the Missouri River…

Iowa is taking steps forward by legalizing supressors which leads to less hearing problems for shooters…meanwhile Nebraska’s legislature refuses to pass simple bills to make life better for lawful firearm owners!

Your N.F.O.A. worked hard on a N.F.A. ‘Shall Sign’ bill that would require county sheriff’s to sign off if the person wanting to aquire a N.F.A. item such as a suppressor is legally able to do so.

We will continue to peruse this & other bills on your behalf.The more active you are…the more successful we will be!

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