City Council members propose gun ordinances

Two proposed ordinances would require Lincoln gun owners to lock up guns in unattended vehicles, and require owners to report stolen guns within 48 hours.

Right now, you can’t leave a weapon in a vehicle for more than 24 hours unsupervised.

Councilman Roy Christensen proposed an ordinance that would require gun owners to lock guns when they are in vehicles that are unattended. 

“The idea here is that if they leave it in their vehicle, it just needs to be secured either in a locked trunk, a locked glove compartment, or some other container that is a hardened container, is difficult to get into, that is fixed to the vehicle in some way, like to the frame of the vehicle or the frame of the seat,” Councilman Roy Christensen said.

This ordinance will allow gun owners to safely store their weapon inside a vehicle for as long as they wish.

The proposal is mainly directed at helping reduce gun violence among teens and children, and among the reported numbers of gun thefts this year, leads to a safer alternative that can be monitored more heavily.

“Vehicle thefts that where a gun was stolen, about half of those end up in the hands of teenagers, and we really want to stop that,” Christensen said.

This proposed ordinance states:

“It shall be unlawful for any person to keep a firearm in a motor vehicle which is not occupied and/or is outside the immediate control of the person responsible for the vehicle unless the firearm is locked inside the glove box, trunk, other compartment of the vehicle, or a hardened storage container securely attached to the vehicle”

Councilwoman Jane Raybould has also proposed an ordinance to Lincoln City Council that would require gun owners to report the theft of a firearm to Lincoln Police within 48 hours if the gun was stolen within city limits. 

This proposed ordinance states:

“The report shall be made within 48 hours after the theft or loss is first discovered and shall include, to the extent known: 1. The firearm’s caliber, make, model, manufacturer, and serial number;
2. Any other distinguishing mark on the firearm; and
3. The circumstances of the loss or theft, including the date, place, and manner”

If you’d like to voice your opinion on these proposals, they will be up for discussion at a public hearing at City Council next Monday the 23rd of September at 3pm.


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