Nebraska lawmakers hear testimony on proposal to allow concealed carry without a permit
LINCOLN — Charles Cox said Nebraska doesn’t charge him to exercise his constitutional right to free speech.
Nor does he have to pay a poll tax to cast a ballot.
But he said if he wants to carry a concealed handgun — a right he says he’s afforded under the Second Amendment — he must spend $100 for a special permit issued by the Nebraska State Patrol.
“A right does not exist if you have to be permitted to exercise it,” said Cox, director of a group called Nebraska Gun Owners.
He and other gun-rights proponents testified Thursday in support of a bill that would allow people who are 21 and older in Nebraska to carry concealed guns without permits. About a dozen other states, including Kansas, Missouri and Wyoming, have what are called permitless carry laws.