Recently, a group of gun rights activists in Nebraska showed up at the capitol with various types of guns on their purpose, including semi-automatic rifles. The entire day went by without incident and no one was hurt or even threatened. While some might disagree with using firearms as basically props just to make a point, the truth is that nothing happened.
However, despite the lack of incidents, some lawmakers want to ban guns in the capitol.
Nebraska lawmakers who for decades have allowed gun owners to openly carry rifles and handguns in most public spaces may be carving out one new exception to that right — at their own workplace in the Capitol.
Some state lawmakers in the nonpartisan Legislature promised Thursday to push for a new ban on guns at the Nebraska Capitol after activists appeared at a legislative hearing with loaded, semiautomatic rifles to protest a series of gun-control bills.
The display last week terrified and infuriated some lawmakers, who called it an intimidation tactic, and even some gun-rights supporters said the protesters shouldn’t have done it. On Thursday, some lawmakers said they had seen online comments from one of those gun owners praising a social media post that said, “Kill your local politician.”
“I don’t have words for how upset I am,” said a visibly angry Sen. Adam Morfeld, of Lincoln. “I’m upset, but I’m not scared. I’m not scared of these people, but I’m ashamed that members of this Legislature had to go through this.”
Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh, of Omaha, who introduced one of the gun control bills, said she was “disappointed and disheartened” that very few of her 48 fellow senators had spoken publicly about the incident.
Cavanaugh said she plans to propose a legislative rule change next week to prohibit members of the public from bringing guns into the building. Last week, she said she felt threatened by show of guns behind her as she testified on her bill.
“I hope all 48 of you are prepared to send cards to my children if something happens to me,” she said through tears