On January 22, 2013, Nebraska Senator Charlie Janssen introduced a bill that would nullify new federal restrictions on firearms, magazines, and firearm accessories within the state’s borders. Since then Senator Ken Schilz has joined Senator Charlie Janssen as a co-sponsor.

LB451 would, according to the text of the bill, block any new gun regulations. It states, in part:

“Any federal law, rule, regulation, or order effective on or after January 1, 2013, shall be unenforceable within the borders of Nebraska” …if it

“Bans or restricts or attempts to ban or restrict ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm beyond those firearms which are already restricted in Nebraska.”

They go on to define exactly what the new federal regulations cannot ban or restrict, if it:

“Requires or attempts to require that any firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory be registered in any manner beyond those firearms, magazines, or other firearm accessories which are already required to be registered in Nebraska.”

This bill is a good start but should lay out a plan for enforcement like the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act model legislation on the Tenth Amendment Center’s website which states:

It shall be the duty of the legislature of this State to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

LB451 was assigned to the Judiciary Committee on January 24, 2013.


If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE

ACTION ITEMS for Nebraska

If you live in Nebraska, contact your State Senator. Let him or her know of your concern over federal actions to take away your 2nd Amendment rights and that you expect support of this legislation. Click here for contact information.

William Kennedy

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