Rights Groups Challenge Omaha Firearms Law

The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and other 2nd Amendment rights groups recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Omaha, Nebraska, alleging a local law that prevents legal, non-citizen permanent residents from registering handguns is unconstitutional.

According to the suit, plaintiff Armando Gonzalez legally purchased a handgun in 2010 after a home invasion but was unable to register it with the police department – as required by law – because of his citizenship status.

The lawsuit argues the restriction on handgun registration violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause and impinges on the right to bear arms, compromising Gonzalez’s ability to defend himself and his family.

Contacted by the Omaha World-Herald, the city assistant attorney declined to comment on the suit.

“For years, the NFOA has attempted to discuss with the city a number of issues in Omaha’s onerous firearms laws, but has been met by a complete refusal to even open a dialogue,” Andy Allen, president of the NFOA, said in a prepared statement. “This case addresses the first of those issues and we hope the city considers taking measures to remove the burdensome restrictions on the fundamental rights of its law-abiding population.”

Allen told The Associated Press the law is unique to Nebraska, but the news source reports a similar lawsuit was filed in Massachusetts earlier this year.