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Bill would fast-track gun process for domestic assault victims

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A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require the state to fast-track concealed carry gun permits for victims of domestic violence.   

Hoskins Sen. Dave Bloomfield submitted legislation Monday that would give the Nebraska State Patrol five days to approve a concealed-carry handgun permit for victims, if a local law enforcement agency recommends it.

Current law gives the patrol 45 days to issue a permit. The proposal would still require applicants to take a class and pass a criminal background check before they could qualify for the permit.  An aide to Bloomfield says the idea came from a constituent as a way for domestic assault victims to protect themselves in rural Nebraska, where law enforcement officers might take longer to arrive.

Also in the Legislature Monday, Sen. Bill Avery introduced a bill that where men who conceive children through a sexual assault would lose all parental rights but still might have to pay child support to the mother.

Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery introduced legislation Monday that would allow the man to keep his parental rights only if the mother gives her consent and a judge deems it in the child's best interest.  Avery says he introduced the measure after learning about the case of an Illinois woman who was raped in college. The man who sexually assaulted her later tried, unsuccessfully, to gain custody of the child.

Avery says he's unaware of any such cases in Nebraska, but he's introducing the bill as a preemptive measure.


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