Lincoln Journal Star,
April 5, 2017-
A proposal to eliminate the authority of cities in Nebraska to enact their own gun regulation laws bumped into a three-hour filibuster Tuesday that placed the bill in jeopardy of disappearing from this year’s legislative agenda. With an amendment still pending that would specifically exempt Omaha from key provisions of the bill (LB68), first-round floor debate could consume another three hours before a cloture motion would be in order to attempt to end the filibuster and proceed to a vote to advance the measure.
Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk said he will talk with the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln, before deciding whether he’ll place the proposal back on the agenda. Scheer said he would want assurance from Hilgers that he has the 33 votes necessary to break the filibuster. LB68, a bill strongly supported by the National Rifle Association, would give the Legislature exclusive authority over regulation of firearms, effectively wiping out local restrictions adopted by Nebraska municipalities.