James Herrold, candidate for Lincoln City Council District 4 (northwest), believes the mayor's firearms task force should not recommend new restrictions on guns.

Herrold said he hopes the task force will do two things:

* Reaffirm the rights of people to use, store, and carry firearms how each sees fit to defend his or her own person and/or home.

* Determine ways to best educate people on how to use, store and carry firearms safely without recommending any new ordinances that would restrict the rights of gun owners.

But Herrold said the task force is likely to go beyond that scope and “push for new Lincoln ordinances restricting how Lincolnites can use guns to protect themselves."

The 17-member task force was created after members of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence lobbied the City Council to pass mandatory gun storage requirements. 

“Too often, task forces are used by politicians as cover to vote to restrict citizens’ rights,” Herrold said in a news release.

Herrold said he would not be swayed from his principled stance supporting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms and would never vote to further restrict the rights of anyone.

“We all have the personal responsibility of protecting ourselves, our homes, our businesses and our loved ones from those that would do us harm,” Herrold said.

"How we each choose to do that, however, is each individual’s choice. Restricting how guns can be stored is likely to leave us less safe than more safe.”

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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