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Recent Polling Showed Opposition among Gun Owners and Nebraskans from Both Major Parties to Legislation That Would Prohibit Cities and Villages From Enacting or Enforcing Gun Safety Laws
LINCOLN, Neb. – Volunteers with the Nebraska chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today criticized Nebraska legislators for voting yesterday to advance LB 68, a development that brings the dangerous proposal one step closer to becoming law. If enacted, LB 68 will let out-of-state special interest groups sue Nebraska cities for enacting or enforcing firearm-related public safety laws. The gun lobby group Second Amendment Foundation has initiated litigation against cities it claims have violated preemption laws like LB 68 – suing or threatening to sue hundreds of cities in states like Maryland, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.
Last month, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Nebraska chapter of Moms Demand Action released polling showing major opposition to this legislation. The poll results (available here) also show strong support for a proposal that would require notification of law enforcement officials when someone attempting to purchase a gun fails a background check.
Among other results, the survey found that 62 percent of respondents, including 57 percent of gun owners, said they oppose legislation that would strip cities and villages of the ability to enact or enforce public safety laws related to guns.
STATEMENT FROM JAN HOBBS, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE NEBRASKA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“This is a bill that would make it harder for Nebraska mayors and law enforcement to keep our communities safe, while making it easier for the gun lobby to push a dangerous agenda and line its pockets at the same time. Yesterday’s vote was a concerning sign, and we’ll be urging our lawmakers to heed the guidance of law enforcement leaders and prevent LB 68 from becoming law.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs