Due process, public safety debated as lawmakers take aim at Lincoln gun laws

About a dozen people each year come into the crosshairs of a Lincoln city ordinance that bans people convicted of certain crimes from owning guns.

What puts them there fuels a debate over public safety, proactive policing, basic rights, due process and government overreach.

In 2006, Lincoln’s City Council enacted an ordinance that prevents people from openly carrying guns into city or county buildings. It also added crimes, including some misdemeanors, to a list spelling out who can’t own firearms in the city.