Proposed gun ordinances has Lincoln gun owners worried
Proposed city ordinances have some lincoln gun owners saying the changes are a necessary step toward safety on Tuesday. Others say they’re a step too far.
the city council is considering passing a law that would require owners to secure their guns inside vehicles. the other requires people to report a stolen firearm within 48 hours or they could face fines and jail time.
some say the ordinances unfairly target responsible owners.
“pushing laws further on people that have not broken anything, we have not gone after anyone,” said Kay York. “if i was to push similar laws on other groups of people it would be unjust. it would be unconstitutional.”
the aim of the ordinances is to crack down on the amount of guns stolen from unattended cars.
“when you start talking about penalizing gun owners who firearms get stolen, they’re the victim in the crime,” said brenden rageth, manager for Big Shots. “they’re the victim who got their stuff stolen. so, all of a sudden you’re making them the criminal, even though the criminal is the person who came and violated their privacy and violated their personal property in the first place.”
while rageth doesn’t want to see the ordinances passed he says he understands the good intentions behind them.
“BUT I CAN SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF IT,” added Rageth. “THERE ARE A FEW QUITE A FEW FIREARMS THAT HAVE BEEN STOLEN OUT OF VEhicLES AND SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT FROM ThaT PERSPECTIVE. I CAN SEE WHERE THAT ARGUMENT COMES FROM BECAUSE ITS LIKE WELL IF WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE FA STOLEN OUT OF VEHICLES, YOU GUYS NEED TO DO SOMETHING BETTER DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT SO THAT Doesn’t HAPPEN TO KEEP FIREARMS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS.“
the ordinances are still under review with the city council and a final decision has not been made.
The Big Shot Range will have a Women Only training class for those interested.
The class will be great for any female interested in learning to use a firearm. More information is available at https://www.bigshotsrange.com/classes/.