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The Second Amendment Preservation Act would limit the enforcement of federal gun laws in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would nullify some federal gun laws in Nebraska, was heard before a legislative committee on Thursday.

If the bill passes, law enforcement agencies would be barred from enforcing federal firearms laws if they conflict with Nebraska law.

Senator Steve Halloran, who introduced the bill, said that Nebraska’s constitution itself guarantees the right to keep and bear arms and that this bill will prevent those rights from being violated.

Other states have passed similar legislation, and supporters say the bill would help prevent the federal government from controlling the guns of Nebraska citizens.

“The people of Nebraska depend on us to uphold and protect their constitutional rights, which is why LB 194 is needed,” Halloran said. “Right now, 14 other states have passed legislation, making them a Second Amendment sanctuary state, and it’s time for Nebraska to be included.”

Several sheriff’s offices across the state have said they will oppose federal override and attempts to regulate gun ownership.

Opponents say it would be harder to hold police accountable when they enforce some laws but not others.

Representatives from the Omaha and Lincoln police departments spoke at the hearing, saying the legislation would create a number of complications for law enforcement agencies and the way they work with the federal government.

“We believe that LB 194 in its current structure would have unintended consequences, the result of which would negatively impact community safety, especially gun violence,” said Matt Franken, vice president of the Lincoln Police Union.

Omaha Police Sergeant. Michael Todd Kozelichki said the bill leaves more questions than answers for local law enforcement and their federal partners about what exactly they can enforce.

“LB 194 cuffs cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies more than it cuffs criminals who are out there committing violent crimes,” he said.

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