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Nebraska unicameral to tackle gun control


Nebraska lawmakers will debate new gun restrictions this year in the wake of the mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut.

Omaha Senator Brad Ashford introduced two bills designed to keep guns and ammunition away from unsupervised juveniles.

One bill addresses the transfer of ammunition to juveniles. A second measure would hold adults accountable for leaving unsecured firearms in locations accessible to a minor or a mentally incompetent person who cannot legally possess a gun.

Attorney General Jon Bruning says he doesn't think gun control is the answer to preventing mass shootings, and the lawmakers who represent Northeast Nebraska agree.

"It also comes down to mental health, and as much as  we have the outcry for gun control I would like to have some discussion and public awareness in support for additional mental health facilities," said Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk.

"I think Nebraska has a lot of very responsible gun owners.  The legislature has made very good strides to ensure that we have good conceal carry permits, have the access to guns and the wrong people do not have access, added Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill.

    Ashford says the main idea is to raise the issue of personal responsibility.




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