Gun rights advocates speak up for bill clarifying self-defense rights

Gun rights advocates speak up for bill clarifying self-defense rights

Gun rights advocates turned out in force Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that they said will clarify a person’s right to defend themselves from assailants who enter their home, workplace or vehicle. Right now, they said, Nebraska law requires someone to retreat from a violent confrontation, if they can safely, before using deadly force. It makes someone who uses a firearm to protect themselves "guilty until proven innocent," supporters of gun rights maintain. Under LB300, a person would get a rebuttable presumption to use deadly force if an attacker had "forcibly and unlawfully" entered or was breaking into their dwelling, place of work or motor vehicle. A rebuttable presumption means the law would require the court to presume a gun owner had legal cause for taking action, unless that were disproved. One person testifying, James Gottschalk, said that the right of self defense is one of the "sacred principles" of our country, and if someone tried to carjack his vehicle while he was dropping off his grandchildren, he should be allowed to take action. "I will protect my grandchildren to all ends," said Gottschalk, vice president of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, who added that he shouldn’t be required to prove why he did take action. LB300 was one of several proposals dealing with state firearm laws heard by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. District 35 Ray Aguilar Grand Island Elected 2020 402-471-2617 raguilar@leg.ne.gov Courtesy photo District 17 Joni Albrecht Thurston Elected 2016, 2020 402-471-2716 […]

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