The constitutional carry debate kicks off Wednesday at the Nebraska State Capitol
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — The constitutional carry debate is expected to begin this Wednesday at the Nebraska State Capitol and is expected to draw large crowds.
Bill 77 would allow Nebraska citizens to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, while also removing other restrictions that opponents fear could put everyone at risk.
Supporters have invited as many people as possible to ensure they are seen and heard by state senators this week.
This includes the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, which says board members will be on the balcony during all three days this debate is expected to last.
They say everyone can help stop the Democrats’ filibuster and any other attempts to kill this measure.
Just last week one of the bill’s biggest critics dropped his opposition.
The Nebraska examiner said the Omaha Police Officers Association said it was okay to lose the city’s gun ordinances, which Lincoln also has in place.
The change of position comes after a new amendment was added to LB77.
It would increase the penalties for any prohibited person caught carrying a concealed weapon who doesn’t immediately tell officers they have a weapon.
The amendment also allows for harsher penalties in cases of domestic violence and resistance to arrest, if it is a concealed weapon.
Senators must return to the Capitol at 9:00
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