Brewer says Supreme Court ruling will help permitless concealed carry bill
Nebraska gun rights advocates are encouraged, while gun control activists are concerned
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – How will Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on New York’s restrictive gun law impact Nebraska?
Perhaps not directly.
According to the Associated Press, states like California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have laws that are similar to the New York law. Nebraska does not have such a law.
But on the heels of the Supreme Court’s most significant gun decision in over a decade, Nebraska gun rights advocates are encouraged.
“This Supreme Court ruling certainly does have an impact on Nebraska from the perspective of precedent,” said Patricia Harrold, president of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.
Those in favor of gun control, including Nebraskans for Peace Vice President Maggie Ballard, are concerned that the ruling will stall momentum on gun legislation.
“That’s kind of where our focus has been, especially in light of all of these recent shootings,” Ballard said. “So yeah, this definitely kind of throws a wrench in a lot of that.”
This past legislative session, Sen. Tom Brewer introduced a bill that would allow for concealed carry without a permit.
The bill was indefinitely postponed in April, but Brewer tells Channel 8 that it is a priority bill for him next session and that the Supreme Court ruling will help.
“The very first bill that I will drop in the next session will be constitutional carry,” he said. “What the decision today has done has helped us to better shine a light on why it’s important, and to take away some of the concerns folks had about legalities.”
Harrold said the bill is important for two reasons: affordability and principle.
“Constitutionality is constitutionality,” Harrold said.
Ballard said she was hopeful that recent shootings across the country would prompt legislative action, particularly raising the age to purchase an assault rifle from 18 to 21.
Earlier in June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, the Protecting Our Kids Act, that would do that.
“I hate to put it in these terms, but what it can come down to is people who put their Second Amendment right above the rights for children to go to school and not have to do active shooter drills,” Ballard said.