Looking into Nebraska senator’s gun proposal

Constitutional carry bill could make it easier to carry guns

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A newly introduced bill might have the support in the Capitol to get passed this time, according to the senator who introduced it.

“Constitutional carry is simply the ability for individuals to use their Second Amendment right to carry their weapon concealed, versus open carry, which is currently the law in Nebraska”, explains Senator Tom Brewer from Nebraska’s 43rd district.

As it stands, you’ll need a permit if you want to conceal carry a weapon here. Senator Brewer is of the opinion that the permitting process goes against the constitutions of both the state and the nation.

“What we did in Nebraska, Brewer says, “is we said, ‘Okay, if you have sufficient resources, enough money, you may have this permit and we will allow you to do what the Constitution gives you the right to.'”

There are absolutely opposing views, however. In a series of Tweets, Senator Adam Morfeld, who holds a concealed carry permit, says it’s important to keep the permitting process around to ensure gun owners are educated on what they can and can’t do, and to make sure background checks stay in place.

Senator Brewer argues that his plan wouldn’t eliminate those components of the law, saying, “We just saw some members out of Wyoming where their number of conceal carry permits have almost doubled since they passed constitutional carry.”

The idea has precedent: all of Nebraska’s neighboring states, with the exception of Colorado, have already made a similar change. It also has support: Governor Ricketts has said if a bill comes across his desk, he will sign it.

Previous attempts at this sort of change have come short, for one reason or another. There may be some support for this bill, but it still has a long way to go.

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