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Omaha City Council responds to permitless concealed carry bill

Omaha, Nebraska – In a bid to strengthen public safety measures following the state’s permitless concealed carry bill, City Council President Pete Festersen has recently introduced four significant regulations. The state bill had come into effect earlier on Sept. 2, and Festersen’s proposed regulations aim to address the concerns arising from it.

A Closer Look at the Proposed Regulations

Two ordinances and two resolutions were filed by Festersen, with public hearings and votes slated for Oct. 31.

The first of these ordinances seeks to put an end to the possession and manufacturing of what are termed as ‘ghost guns’ — firearms that lack serial numbers and often escape regulation. The second ordinance mirrors a rule already in effect in Lincoln. This regulation targets multi-burst trigger activators by prohibiting their sale, distribution, or furnishing.

Complementing these ordinances are two resolutions. The first supports the mayor’s executive directive, which prohibits the carrying of firearms in public spaces and public buildings. The subsequent resolution emphasizes the importance of firearm safety. It encourages gun owners to adopt safe storage practices, which, in turn, can play a significant role in reducing unfortunate incidents like accidents and suicides involving firearms.

Reflecting on the significance of these regulations, Festersen commented, “It’s important that we do whatever we can to reduce gun violence and increase public safety in the community. These common sense measures will help achieve these goals by addressing illegal guns, prohibiting firearms in public places and encouraging basic training and safe storage practices.” The City Council President’s proactive stance showcases a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the Omaha community.

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