Some confusion as new restrictive Nebraska Right-to-carry law goes into effect

A confusing situation as dozens of people line up to receive the state's first concealed handgun permits.
62 permits were handed out statewide including 27 in Omaha.

But other people were turned away even though they thought they were qualified.

Police say all you need to register a gun is a buy a permit, have a bill of sale and a valid driver’s license. However, registering a gun and getting a permit to carry it concealed are two different things.

At the Omaha communications office of the Nebraska State Patrol the phone rang all day Wednesday. Many calls were for the same question: How do I get a permit to carry a concealed handgun?

Robert Root was one person turned away when he tried to get a concealed carry permit. The World War Two veteran did take a gun safety course to register his handgun and he says he knows a lot about weapons, but authorities say it’s not enough to carry a gun under his coat.

"Well I don’t like it. I'm 80 years old. I shouldn’t have to take the time to do that. I've lived half my life and I'm not half done, so I got lots of things to do," says Root.

Everyone applying for a permit to carry a concealed handgun has to go through an approved gun training course. The only exceptions are active and reserve members of the military who can prove that they have taken firearm training within the last three years. . . . . .



Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

This is why I disapprove of government training mandates for gun possession - it becomes an excuse to deny rights.

Marines are required to receive 2 weeks rifle training annually. Those required to carry a pistol also have to train annually. A veteran has had plenty of firearms training and does not need anymore. The only requirement should involve knowing the law on the application of deadly force - and those who know this will know if they need firearm training.

1/05/2007 5:40 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Like several other states that have recently decided to allow honest citizens to carry firearms for personal protection, Nebraska seems to have gone out of their way to make it difficult for their citizens to apply for a license, and for qualified individuals to become certified instructors to provide the required training. I'm an NRA Training Counselor and a certified instructor for several state. After checking the Nebraska web site two things are obvious to me: (1) I'm well qualified to become a Nebraska certified instructor, and (2) I'll undoubtedly not bother with the effort to become one. I suspect that many well qualified citizens desiring to carry for their and their families' protection will make similar decisions. I'm fairly certain that both their decisions and mine are exactly what the legislature intended.

1/05/2007 4:37 PM  

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