A glitch in the state conceal and carry law could be fixed under a bill moving forward in the legislature.
Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha told fellow senators the law doesn’t specify that a conceal and carry permit can be denied those convicted of a crime.
“What we had was a circumstance where you could not be convicted of something, but when you applied for your concealed carry, the state patrol would have a look and make their own determination as to whether or not there had been a violation of the law, even without a conviction, and deny a permit,” Lautenbaugh said during floor debate.
Lautenbaugh related an example. Lautenbaugh, an attorney, said he had a client who had been charged with an offense. The charge was dropped, but the Nebraska State Patrol turned down his request to renew his gun permit, determining that the client had violated the law, though never convicted.
LB 807 advanced in the Unicameral. The legislature also approved an emergency clause, which would make it effective upon the signature of the governor.