Should Nebraskans be allowed to conceal carry without a permit?

On Thursday, advocates and opponents of Senator Tom Brewer's permitless carry bill, LB773, voiced their opinions to state senators at a public hearing. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Should Nebraskans be allowed to conceal carry without a permit?

On Thursday, advocates and opponents of Senator Tom Brewer’s permitless carry bill, LB773, voiced their opinions to state senators at a public hearing.

Lincoln resident Stephanie Mackeprang appeared at the public hearing with fellow members of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots gun safety group, to share why she is against Brewer’s bill.

“Guns are a very hot button issue and they make people very passionate, but they’re also dangerous weapons and we should have rules and restrictions,” Mackeprang said. “People need to feel safe, and for people who are talking about the nuances of cost and things, those are small prices to pay.”

The cost argument was one made by supporters of the bill, like Omaha’s Randy Bendorf, who say that gun ownership is a constitutional right that should be afforded to everyone, not only to those who can afford it.

“We’ve got to remember when we were a lot younger, when we were low-income, taking two days off of work, that’s a big blow to your paycheck,” Bendorf said. “The very people that need access to protection for firearms are those people.”

Training and the permit fee can cost hundreds of dollars for gun owners.

Members of Lincoln and Omaha police associations also spoke at the hearing, several speaking out against the bill.

“Without a permitting process and training, you’ll have individuals who shouldn’t be carrying and carrying without the proper skills necessary to assess the situation and determine when the lethal force is lawful,” LPD Chief Teresa Ewins said.

Under LB773, the only people who would not be able to conceal carry are those prohibited by prior conviction. Twenty-one states currently have a constitutional carry law in place.

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