Opponents filibuster bill to restrict local gun rules; ‘This is not the Wild West’

Concertgoers file into Pinnacle Bank Arena with handguns openly strapped to their hips.

It’s a scenario Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said could play out if Nebraska lawmakers pass legislation that would prohibit Lincoln, Omaha and other cities from enforcing most local gun ordinances. That’s why he spent Tuesday afternoon at the State Capitol, urging lawmakers to oppose the bill as they debated it on the floor.

Such scenarios prompted concern among some state senators.

Jon Bruning, lobbyist for the NRA, said his client supports the amended version of the bill. So does the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.