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Lawmakers look to protect Nebraska gun owners

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By: Bill Schammert

The gun control debate is set to take center stage Wednesday at the State Capitol.  And it seems republican lawmakers are looking to send a clear message to the federal government: stay out of our backyards.

Owner and operator of Nebraska Gun, Jeff McIntyre, says business has been good since the federal government announced it would seek to tighten gun control laws.  Laws he says don't need tightening.

"If they were completely enforced and properly enforced, it would restrict much of the gun issues," McIntyre said.

That same federal government is now easing the reigns.  The democratic senate says it will not seek an assault weapons ban.

Still, here in Nebraska lawmakers will look to be pro-active.  One senator is proposing a bill that would make possible tougher federal laws "unenforceable" within Nebraska's borders. 

Another would prohibit the state from disclosing gun permit information as public record.

Across Lincoln, people seem divided.

"The truth is, people that want to shoot-up places, do things like that, they'll find a way to do it," Sam Sullivan, Hebron, said.

"A lot of Nebraskans probably want more freedom when it comes to their gun laws, but I think the federal laws should apply to everybody," Michael DuBlanc, Lincoln, said.

On the national level, democrats say they still might push for an assault weapons ban, but it would have to be through an amendment.

The bills are scheduled for 1:30 Wednesday afternoon in hearing room 1113 at the State Capitol.

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