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Neb. lawmaker introduces firearm legislation

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 9:20 am •  Published: January 12, 2013

He expressed hope that an effort led by Vice President Joe Biden would prompt Congress to take action.

"If someone wants to obtain large rounds of ammunition they could easily do it with the Internet," he said. "Those kinds of bans or restrictions need federal restrictions. We will wait and see what Biden comes up with."

Ashford said his main focus this session will be on pioneering juvenile and mental health reform.

"There are thing we can do in Nebraska that can better check for mental illness," Ashford said. "To say gun control alone will stop the shootings is naive."

Imperial Sen. Mark Christensen, an outspoken gun-rights advocate in the Legislature, said he opposes Ashford's legislation. Christensen said he may introduce firearm legislation that would allow teachers and administrators to keep guns secured in their vehicles on school property. In 2011, he introduced a bill that would have allowed teachers, administrators and security to carry concealed guns at school.

"If you could prove to me that gun restrictions take guns away from criminals, then I could support it," he said. "But criminals are still going to have them no matter what you regulate."

Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday he doesn't think gun control is the answer to preventing mass shootings.

"To me it is not the gun that is the problem. The problem is the mentally ill individual that wields the gun," Bruning said. "We are not going to stop mentally ill people from doing crazy things by building more walls."