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Nebraska firearm advocates push for Second Amendment protection

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By: Jenn Schanz

It's a controversial issue that's gotten a lot of attention this year....guns.

Many Nebraskans are hoping to pass an initiative that they say, will protect their Second Amendment rights.

Nebraska firearm advocates are teaming up to back the initiative. It's based off of Senator Janssen's gun rights bill that never made it out of committee in 2012.

It's called the Firearm Right Protection Bill, and gun owners around the state are hoping to see it on the ballot in 2014.

To do so, they'll need thousands of signatures.

If passed, the bill says Nebraska wouldn't recognize any new federal gun restrictions put in place after July 1, 2012.

Bob Howard helped put the initiative together.

"There are hundreds of million of firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens in this country. 99.99 percent of those have not been involved in a crime and never will be involved in a crime," he says.

Earlier this year, we talked to associate law professor at UNL, Eric Berger. He told us the Constitution makes it very clear, federal law always trumps state law.

"Nebraska cannot say that federal law does not apply with in its borders," Berger says.

Still, many Nebraskans share Howard's view.

Studies show that 38.6 percent of Nebraskans have a gun in their home.

Carla Dawson is one of them.

"Everybody needs to get more educated on firearms, it's not that firearms are bad, it's just poor education," she says.

They'll need 95,000 signatures in order for the initiative to get on the 2014 general election ballot.

The petitions have gone out to several locations around the state. So far, Howard thinks they have several hundred signatures.

Nebraska Shooters, Big Shots Indoor Range and Gun Shop, and My Rights Nebraska are all working together to push the initiative.

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