Bill to cut access to gun permit information stalls in committee

2013-03-26T16:10:00Z 2013-03-26T19:56:16Z Bill to cut access to gun permit information stalls in committeeBy KEVIN O'HANLON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

A bill to cut off public access to all information regarding handgun permit applications and registrations failed to advance Tuesday to the full Legislature for debate.

The Judiciary Committee voted 4-4 on the bill (LB293) by Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion. It needed five votes to advance.

Kintner's bill was rooted in the actions of a New York state newspaper, which published the names and addresses of all registered handgun owners in its reading area shortly after the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut. A gunman fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members in the massacre.

The paper was trying to show how prevalent guns were.

Voting against advancing the bill were Sens. Brad Ashford and Ernie Chambers of Omaha and Sens. Amanda McGill of Lincoln and Les Seiler of Hastings.

Voting for advancing the bill were Sens. Mark Christensen of Imperial, Colby Coash of Lincoln, Al Davis Hyannis and Steve Lathrop of Omaha.

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