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Nebraska Senator introduces gun permit bill

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A Hoskins, Nebraska senator has introduced a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to get concealed carry gun permits faster.

Senator Dave Bloomfield introduced a bill Monday that would give the Nebraska State Patrol five days to approve a concealed-carry handgun permit for victims, but only if a local law enforcement agency recommends it.  Currently, Nebraska law allows the Patrol 45 days to approve permits.

The District 17 Senator says he got the idea for the bill from a constituent in South Sioux City, and says it would be a way for Nebraska residents who live miles away from the nearest law enforcement to protect themselves.

Sen. Dave Bloomfield, Hoskins says, "In the rural parts of Nebraska, even more so than in South Sioux City, protection for that individual is likely to be a half-hour or 45 minutes away, instead of in South Sioux where it may be as little as ten minutes or five."

Bloomfield's proposal would still require applicants to take a class and pass a criminal background check before they could qualify for the five-day permit.

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