Media article on what happened is here:
“No bill to ban any weapons will pass this Legislature,” Ashford said, explaining his about-face.
Instead, Legislative Bill 958 proposes that the Nebraska Crime Commission study gun violence and illegal firearms trafficking in Nebraska.
The bill also calls for repeal of a 1991 law requiring people to obtain a permit before they can purchase a handgun.
Lawmakers gave the amended measure first-round approval in a 25-13 vote.
Well, I’m glad Ashford his a brick wall in this case.Â I think getting rid of a permit to purchase system is a good move.Â It’s hard to get rid of bad legiselation even when everyone agrees its bad.Â Even harder to turn a gun control bill into something that gets rid of a gun control law.
“I’ve received hundreds of phone calls from NRA members, and I have committed and promised to hundreds of constituents that I would not support this,” said Sen. Arnie Stuthman of Platte Center. “I have no assurances that the NRA has informed its members that it has agreed to the bill.”
Stuthman was one of 13 lawmakers who voted against the bill.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha said it was almost funny that lawmakers hesitated to support the bill after the considerable concessions Ashford made to the NRA.
After considerable opposition from Nebraskaâ€™s law-abiding gun owners, Senator Ashford significantly revised his original bill by removing the sections of the bill dealing with the reporting of lost or stolen firearms, mandatory gun locks and posting requirements. The new version of his bill would, however, have required the creation of an “Assault Weapons Commission” that would have been charged with making a list of firearms that it believed should be illegal in Nebraska. Despite being gutted from its original form, LB958 was still unacceptable to Nebraska’s gun owners and sportsmen. However, thanks to the hard work of NRA and gun owners in Nebraska, Senator Ashford again agreed to narrow the scope of his bill resulting in Amendment 2235.
Read the whole thing to find out what Amendment 2235 is.