A legislator from southeast Nebraska says he’d support his colleagues carrying guns in the state capitol building.
Senator Bill Kintner of Papillion says he’s considering introducing legislation that would allow lawmakers to carry firearms at the capitol in Lincoln. Kintner says if nothing, else he wants to get discussion on guns started.
“Generally, on a bill like this, you’ve got the people in Omaha and Lincoln are scared when you say something like that, but the people in the rural areas like Otoe County and the people out west are like, ‘Yeah, no problem, we’re used to guns,’ so you have that divide in our state and that’s probably the way it’ll divide up when I talk to people,” Kintner says.
As for gun legislation this session, Kintner says the legislature is at a stand still.
“The people who are more liberal who don’t like guns don’t have enough votes to take away gun rights and the people like me who want to expand gun rights don’t have the votes to expand gun rights,” Kintner says. “We’re kind of at a stalemate right now and you probably won’t see much gun legislation one way or the other.”
Kintner has been an outspoken supporter of the nation’s Second Amendment, saying he would support teachers or administrative staff at schools carrying guns on school property. He also introduced legislation that would make public records regarding handgun permit applications and registration data private.
By Nate Gonner, KNCY, Nebraska City