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Gov. Ricketts declares Nebraska a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary State”

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 10:27 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Governor Ricketts has made it very clear that he is passionate about protecting the Second Amendment. He signed a proclamation on Wednesday to make Nebraska a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State”.

He said it was just the first step in pushing back against what he calls government overreach.

“I don’t believe we need to have further restrictions on our second amendment rights,” Governor Ricketts told Local4 News. “When you put restrictions in place, the only people who follow them are law abiding citizens. Not the criminals.”

The response comes after President Biden announced several new executive orders regarding guns and encouraged Congress to pass even stricter gun laws. A move he repeatedly has said the majority of Americans support.

“If you look at Nebraska, we don’t need any additional restrictions and I think the president is out of line when he says something like that because I don’t think the president is in touch with what people in Nebraska think, or even in the mid west,” Ricketts said.

If anything the governor believes what we need is more communication to address the underlying problems behind gun violence.

“One of the things we have done here in Nebraska is increase the communication between law enforcement, education and our healthcare professionals to be able to spot young people for example who may be troubled and may be prone to that sort of violence we have seen previously,” he said.

While the governor believes a majority of Nebraskans don’t support additional gun laws, the group Nebraskans Against Gun Violence challenge that.

“Red Flag laws are something we would like to see. Background checks are something we would like to see,” NAGV Board Member Robin Vodehnal said. “I would hope he would do more than that, but anything is better than nothing and we have nothing so far.”

Vodehnal said stricter gun laws would prevent crimes on other people, but also could prevent people from taking their own life with a gun..

“Unfortunately guns are the number one method used in Nebraska for suicides,” she said. “So we are against the gun violence, but also guns in general. Suicide is one of the areas that we can do something about.”

While that group continues to push for stricter gun laws, the governor said he will continue to fight against it and to protect Nebraskan’s rights.

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