In Nebraska, juvenile court records are generally sealed and that means those convicted have no criminal record when they reach adulthood. That means those involved in cases in juvenile court, no matter how violent the crime, can walk into a store and purchase a firearm. Omaha State Senator Justin Wayne wants to create a new law to prohibit possession of a firearm by prohibited juveniles.
Senator Wayne says, “This would stop juveniles offenders, those who were convicted of felonies or domestic violence, as a juvenile, not to own or possess a gun until they are 25 or until they have demonstrated to the court they should have their gun rights back, such has be rehabilitated or just being a productive citizen in society.”
Senator Wayne uses as an example now a 19 year old with a previous violent conviction in juvenile court can have an AR-15 or other firearm in the back seat of his or her vehicle. If they are stopped by law enforcement there is nothing that can be done. The only possible charges would be violating the conceal carry law and that is a misdemeanor.
Wayne says his bill, LB 990, would put a pause on gun possession for these individuals. Those under 25 years of age wanting to own a gun would be required to go before a judge and prove they are a responsible citizen and no danger to society. The judge would have the final say.