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LINCOLN–Cities and towns throughout Nebraska have different ordinances dealing with possession of firearms.

Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln would eliminate the “patchwork of laws governing firearm possession,” which he said puts “Nebraskans unknowingly at risk” under LB68.

Under the bill, the Legislature would have “exclusive authority to regulate the ownership, possession, transportation, carrying, registration, transfer and storage of firearms, ammunition and firearms accessories,” according to the bill’s statement of purpose. Local jurisdictions could still regulate things like discharging firearms and setting policies for use of firearms by local law enforcement agencies.

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At a hearing Friday, Hilgers said the bill would create a “consistent statewide legal framework” for firearm possession.

One example of differing ordinances, he said, is that Lincoln residents aren’t required to register their firearms, but Omahans are. People who travel from Lincoln to Omaha with firearms are often unknowingly breaking the law, he said. They could face a $500 fine or up to six years in prison as a result.

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