A filibuster has been mounted to stop LB 289 from coming to a vote. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete, would prohibit cities, primarily Omaha and Lincoln, from adopting gun laws more restrictive than the state.
Sen. John McCollister told colleagues during legislative debate Monday he was watching a football game at his home in Omaha Sunday when he received a robocall aimed at him. The call, according to McCollister, claimed he was thinking about taking away gun rights. Aside from the fact that he received the call, McCollister found it odd, because he hasn’t expressed an opinion on the bill.
“I’m not sure I appreciate this bare-knuckle approach during the debate,” McCollister stated. “You expect it during campaigns, but not during the debate about a bill that is just beginning its process through the body.”
Other senators report they also have been targeted. The senators are up for re-election. The robocalls link the current gun debate with the repeal of the death penalty last year, not so subtly mentioning Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha.
Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha decried the tactic and said it is interfering with efforts to reach a compromise on the bill.
Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, though, has little sympathy for the senators.
“And by the way, if robocalls bother you, you’re in the wrong business,” Krist told colleagues during legislative floor debate.
A vote to end the filibuster should come sometime this morning.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]