Local gun laws under fire in Nebraska from bill that would make state regulations supreme
LINCOLN — Members of the Omaha Police Department recently arrested a man who was driving around with a rifle leaning between his right leg and the center console.
The man posted photos of an AR-15 on social media as he drove. The rifle was loaded. And he is a member of the 38th Street Bloods.
Under state law, he had committed no crime.
But an Omaha ordinance that prohibits transporting loaded rifles allowed police to take a known gang member off the streets, at least temporarily.
It’s the kind of situation that explains why the Omaha Police Officers Association opposes a bill in the Nebraska Legislature that would force cities, villages and counties to repeal their local gun ordinances in favor of less-restrictive state gun regulations.