State of Nebraska Archives: on Gun Control


Chris Janicek: Supports Second Amendment with background checks & licensing

I support the Second Amendment. We need to enforce the laws already on the books and enhance trouble spots with updates. Over 90% of gun owners as well as myself support gun registration, background checks, gun training, licensing and insurance on firearm ownership. Semi-automatic weapons and their use should be confined to shooting ranges and gun "library" storage facilities to keep them out of the wrong hands.
Source: Norfolk Daily News on 2020 Nebraska Senate race Apr 23, 2020

Jane Raybould: Commonsense gun safety measures, like banning bump stocks

Q: What should we do to prevent gun tragedies?

Councilwoman Raybould: These mass shootings are happening with greater and greater frequency, and it is those like Senator Fischer who have done nothing. I will make sure we implement commonsense gun safety measures, like passing background check and banning bump stocks. we must to everything we can to protect our children and families. Senator Fischer says she supports gun safety measures, but that is not true. She has voted eight times against common sense gun safety measures, even voting to allow a potential terrorist on the no-fly list to have a weapon.

Senator Fischer: On bump stocks, the ATF is doing a report on that. it has not come out yet to even identify what or how effective a ban on that would be. You have to have all the information available before you react.

Raybould: President Trump has encouraged municipalities and the US Senate to take initiative on banning bump stocks. We did that and the City Council.

Source: C-Span transcript of 2018 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 25, 2018

Deb Fischer: No proposals on high capacity magazines or background checks

Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould declared her support for renewing the assault weapons ban. A Democrat, Raybould is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

"I believe strongly in the Second Amendment," Raybould says in a new video provided to The World-Herald. "But that doesn't include killing machines like the AR-15. We must immediately renew the assault weapons ban."

Fischer has previously rejected proposals to restrict access to assault weapons, limit high-capacity magazines and expand background checks to cover purchases at gun shows.

Raybould has criticized Fischer for accepting campaign contributions from the NRA and says in the video that she will "never take a dime from the NRA." She describes Nebraska parents as angry about Washington inaction on guns.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senatorial campaign Mar 8, 2018

Jane Raybould: Renew the assault weapons ban; they are killing machines

Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould declared her support for renewing the assault weapons ban. A Democrat, Raybould is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

"I believe strongly in the Second Amendment," Raybould says in a new video provided to The World-Herald. "But that doesn't include killing machines like the AR-15. We must immediately renew the assault weapons ban." Fischer has previously rejected proposals to restrict access to assault weapons.

Raybould has criticized Fischer for accepting campaign contributions from the NRA and says in the video that she will "never take a dime from the NRA." She describes Nebraska parents as angry about Washington inaction on guns.

"Some will say this is bad red state politics," Raybould says. "But as a fourth-generation Nebraskan and a woman of faith, protecting kids from weapons designed to kill as many people as possible is worth risking an election over."

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senatorial campaign Mar 8, 2018

Don Bacon: Gun control means only criminals have guns

I will protect your Bill of Rights. Gun control is a recipe for only the criminals having guns. I am a member of the NRA and the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and proud of it.
Source: 2016 Nebraska House campaign website DonBacon2016.com Nov 8, 2016

Bob Krist: Support restricting magazine capacity & registering handguns

Once upon a time.State Senator Bob Krist took an Oath to uphold the United States Constitution! During State Preemption testimony earlier this year Krist indicated that he supported Magazine Capacity Restrictions along with the current UnConstitutional Handgun Registrations that exist in Lincoln & Omaha. Krist, a Republican(RINO) recently made headlines when he made the 'American Conservative Unions' 2015 list for the 'Coalition of the Radical Left' list in Nebraska.
Source: NebraskaFirearms.org on 2018 Nebraska gubernatorial race May 18, 2016

Peter Ricketts: Supports Nebraska's concealed carry law

DEFEND 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS: Pete supports our constitutional right to bear arms and supports Nebraska's conceal carry law.
Source: 2014 Nebraska Governor campaign website, PeteRicketts.com Nov 4, 2014

Ben Sasse: Second Amendment rights pre-date government

The Second Amendment affirms the rights of Americans to protect their families and property. This right pre-dates Government and is inviolable. Ben will fight to protect this and our other most basic freedoms.

The Second Amendment unambiguously states that citizens have a fundamental right to "keep and bear arms" and that this right "shall not be infringed."

As an integral part of our Constitution and American heritage, law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms without interference from Government.

As horrific as some of our recent national tragedies have been, they are not the fault of responsible gun owners. None of the new policies being pushed by President Obama would have prevented them from happening. Stricter gun legislation will not deter criminals determined to break the law.

Furthermore, President Obama does not have the authority to sign Executive orders and thus circumvent the Constitutional process necessary to change the Second Amendment.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 Nebraska Senate race Oct 24, 2014

Shane Osborn: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Osborn: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Dave Domina: Right to enjoy weapons should have restrictions

Dave Domina said sportsmen should have the right to enjoy weapons, but all constitutional rights have restrictions. "I don't think private citizens should have the same weapons that we train our soldiers to use," he said.
Source: NebraskaWatchdog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jan 21, 2014

Ben Sasse: Self-described as pro-guns and pro-life

Enrollment has nearly doubled since he arrived, and was already growing at the fastest pace among Nebraska colleges when Midland recently bought Dana College in Blair, a Lutheran college that closed in 2010.

Sasse has also worked to "reinvent freshman year" to help students make the transition from high school--where they "have to get permission to pee"--to college.

"We decided not to waste a crisis," he said, quoting Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago, recently dubbed "Chicago Bull" by Time magazine. Yes, that Rahm.

Sasse may be a self-described right-wing conservative--pro-guns and pro-life--but he isn't afraid to credit Emanuel with being "incredibly effective" at things such as reducing crime.

He also admits he's never run for public office before, and so is probably breaking some of the cardinal rules with such comments.

Source: Deena Winter in Nebraska Watchdog: 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jun 14, 2013

Deb Fischer: Support stand-your-ground self-defense laws

The candidates all declared their support for such conservative platforms as federal spending reductions and repeal of the national health care reform law. They also all stated support for stand-your-ground self-defense laws, which give people latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat from danger. That type of law has been much discussed following the February fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.
Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2012 Nebraska Senate debates Apr 12, 2012

Don Stenberg: Opposed nominee for stripping Americans of gun rights

Bruning tried to portray himself as the only Republican in the field who can defeat the presumed Democratic nominee, former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey. Bruning talked several times about his efforts to defeat Obama's health-care measure, noting he was one of the first attorneys general to file a lawsuit against the controversial law. Bruning condemned the growth of "nanny government."
Source: Omaha World Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate Apr 4, 2012

Dave Heineman: Harsher punishment for unlawful handguns

LB 63 addresses violent crime by enacting increased penalties and new crimes, creating an Office of Violence Prevention. It strengthens penalties for crimes including first degree assault, assault of an officer, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm at a school, and possession of a stolen firearm. These measures can help address violent crime in our urban areas. It will give our partners in law enforcement and the judicial branch new tools to help with prevention efforts.
Source: 2009 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release May 27, 2009

Scott Kleeb: Second Amendment is part of our rural way of life

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.40 Aug 19, 2008

Steven Larrick: We need to reduce gun violence in America

Larrick says regarding Gun Issues, “We need to reduce gun violence in America.”
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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