Column: 2nd Amendment under attack

Column: 2nd Amendment under attack

Gun Rights

State Sen. Tom Brewer represents the 43rd Legislative District. In our Congress in Washington, D.C., House Resolution 1263 is a bill that was recently introduced. It makes semi-automatic rifles and shotguns all but illegal. You would have to register these guns and pay a steep federal tax to legally possess them. After 120 days from the enactment of the law, you would be guilty of a federal felony if you hadn’t complied. This is a direct attack on the Second Amendment. Closer to home, in a somewhat more subtle attack on the Second Amendment, a Lincoln senator introduced LB 58. This is commonly called a “Red Flag” law. This would allow the police to confiscate a person’s guns without due process of law, and even without the person’s knowledge. Any family member, current or former spouse, anyone they have ever dated or been a roommate with can go to law enforcement. They can tell a story about how they think you are a risk to yourself and others, and presto! Without ever hearing your side of the story, the court can issue a temporary order and the police are at your door confiscating your guns. LB 58 says that you would get a hearing within roughly a month to decide whether the short-term, temporary order will remain in effect for a longer period. So now you have to hire a lawyer. That probably means writing a retainer check just for the lawyer to begin working. Then you have to […]

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