North Omaha Violence Organization Concerned About Concealed Carry Bill
OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Right in the North Omaha district of Senator Terrell McKinney is YouTurn, a community organization dedicated to reducing youth violence. It’s also right on the edge of Senator Justin Wayne’s District 13.
“We have noticed, as I think as everyone else, that in recent months, I think it has slowed down, but there has been an upsurge in gun violence among a very young population,” said Teresa Negron, chief executive of YouTurn.
Despite overlapping areas of representation, the YouTurn chief executive disagrees with McKinney and Wayne’s support for a bill that would allow concealed carry of a handgun without a permit.
“The reason we’re here is to try to get our young people not to carry firearms,” Negron said. “We are trying to convince people not to carry weapons, whether they are hidden or not. This law goes against that very message.”
Earlier this month, McKinney and Wayne voted to move LB77 into the legislative process, along with two other Democrats: Mike McDonnell of Omaha and Anna Wishart of Lincoln.
In the unicameral chamber, Wayne argued that Omaha’s local gun ordinances were being used as an excuse to attack black and brown children during stopovers.
“A police officer testified last year on this same bill that they are using him to hit kids,” Wayne said. They don’t talk about hitting kids in Bennington. They don’t talk about raising children in western Nebraska. They’re talking about drugging minority kids in Omaha.”
LB77, introduced by Senator Tom Brewer of Gordon, would remove that control at the local level.
It is not yet clear when the second vote on the bill will take place.
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