Skip to comments.Gun owners push to reject registration changes(NE)
Posted on 10/20/2011 7:34:29 PM PDT by marktwain
Omaha, NE Some gun owners are saying no to proposed changes to Omahas gun registration rules, and the city of Omaha says yes to a new health care program.
The citys proposal to revise Omahas gun registration rules had gun owners from inside and outside city limits showing up in city hallall hoping to convince the city council to shoot down what some say is redundant to current state and federal law.
Omaha currently requires every handgun purchased within the city to be registered for a fee.
It duplicates the investigating that the state does with their purchase permit, said Omaha gun owner and fire arms dealer, Don Short, who testified at the hearing. It duplicates what the federal government requires for filling out paperwork to purchase a firearm.
Omahas current gun ownership ordinance declares that anyone purchasing a concealable weapon, within the city of Omaha, must register it for a fee. Concealable is defined as a gun less than 18 inches in length. City officials said a concealed weapon already registered by the state can substitute the city requirement.
Opponents say concealed weapons would already be registered through state and federal purchasing requirements, making the city ordinance an unneeded duplicate.
Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes told the city council that no national firearm database currently exists, and a city database of registered firearms helps track stolen guns and trace firearms used during a crime.
But Short believes the citys preemptive action leaves lawful gun owners persecuted. Its the criminals they have to go after, Short said. And right now, theyre punishing the innocent and the lawful owners of the guns.
After a total of nine opponents testified, Assistant City Attorney Michelle Peters was called on by council member Jean Stothert to explain the citys intentions.
Council member Jean Stothert asked Assistant City Attorney Michelle Peters for the city's intent in changing the ordinance.
The intent was always to not to make the laws more restrictive or less restrictive, but to be in line with the state and federal laws, explained Peters. We looked a lot at the mental health requirements we wanted to be consistent with state law with regard to how many years you go back to look at misdemeanors and so forth.
Those revised requirements state that no one deemed mentally ill and dangerous or convicted of a violent crime within the last ten years will be allowed to carry a concealed weapon.
The revisions would also lift a ban thats made the city a target of a lawsuit recently. Mexican national, Armando Gonzalez, and two pro-gun rights advocatesthe Nebraska Firearm Owners Association and the Second Amendment Foundation sued the city in federal court last month, for denying gun ownership rights to legal immigrants. Opponents said the city was simply reacting to the suit.
But Peters said the intent is consistency.
We wanted everything to be consistent, and we wanted it to be more user-friendly for the constituents that were coming here and applying, Peters said. We just basically needed an overhaul to update it to be in compliance with state law.
Rod Moeller, owner of R.L. Moeller Sporting Arms in La Vista, said the citys requirements are why his customers purchase outside of Omaha to avoid a quote cumbersome registration process.
Moeller said thats why his business is outside Omaha. Oh most definitely! In fact, I advertise that, he said. I get people from Omaha and I advertise to that fact, because people dont want the hassle.
After Tuesdays hearing, Peters said the city is open to changes.
Weve tried to make it comprehensive, she said. And obviously, from the comments, there might be some things that we missed, and we certainly will be willing to make those amendments as necessary.
The proposed revisions will be up for a third reading next week.
Also on the docket, in a 6-1 vote, the Omaha City Council approved an agreement between the city and Coventry Health Care of Nebraska, transitioning the citys health insurance program beginning in January. The city could reportedly save about $1.5 million with the deal, and possibly more with one-year extensions. Council member Franklin Thompson was the only no vote.
Let the police chief show one violent crime that was solved because of firearms registration.
I bet that not one exists. Canada has had handgun registration for 90 years. The think, maybe, one crime was solved with the registration information, for all of Canada!
The think, maybe
They think, maybe
this is the home of warren buffet. why am I not surprised?
Tell ya what though...why would anyone buy a gun in the city limits when you can drive to an adjacent city and bypass their stupid rules? This law is only enforced on guns purchased in the city limits correct?