LB 68, the Firearms Preemption Bill made it through the first round of debate but then stalled during this legislative session. This bill states that cities and towns cannot put stricter limits on guns than what the state law allows. Chris Kopacki is a lobbyist in Nebraska for the NRA and says there have been reports that the bill is dead, which is not the case.
Kopacki says, “An article published a couple of days ago made it sound like the bill was dead. We are in the biennium. When they pick up after the break in January we’re going to keep on moving in the same direction we are now.” He adds they have lost no support from senators who signed onto the bill.
There were concerns in Omaha because the city requires all handguns be registered. Kopacki says they sat down with the Omaha Police Officers Association and listened to their concerns. In Lincoln, lawmakers do not want guns allowed in the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Kopacki says they plan to have meetings with Lincoln law enforcement and city officials to hear their concerns in the months ahead.
Kopacki says, “The NRA stands behind law enforcement and we are going to make sure that we continue to sit down and have an open dialogue with them and see what we can come up with.”