A filibuster has held up a vote, forcing supporters to search for 33 votes to cut off debate and force a vote.
Debate on LB 289 enters its fourth day today. The bill would prohibit municipalities from adopting stricter gun regulations than the state.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha criticizes supporters, claiming they are doing the work of the National Rifle Association.
“And I’m going to make you go to cloture on this bill and the NRA is not going to let it be changed,” Chambers states. “They own you. I just rent you. They own you.”
Two issues have surfaced. One is whether gun owners could be accused of violating local gun laws while traveling Nebraska with their firearms. The second rests on whether current local gun laws, such as handgun registration in Omaha, violate the constitutional right to bear arms.
Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue argues the cities have no right to go beyond state law.
“It’s like why are we even doing the job here if we’re just going to let the municipalities do whatever they heck they want to do?” Garrett asks during legislative floor debate. “And I’m sick and tired of being demonized because of those of us who want to exercise our constitutional rights.”
A compromise could be in the works to move the measure forward. A vote on ending the filibuster and going to a vote on the bill could come this morning.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]