Nebraskans are one step closer to being able to carry a concealed handgun without a permit after Legislative Bill 77 was passed by the Nebraska Legislature today. The bill will now head to Governor Jim Pillen’s desk for his signature, where he is expected to sign it into law. If he does, Nebraska would become the 27th state to allow permitless concealed carry. Governor Pillen has already expressed his support for the bill in the following tweet.
I am proud to support LB 77 and Nebraskans' constitutional rights. Thank you to the Nebraska Legislature for sending this bill to my desk. pic.twitter.com/25kn0oT0jC
— Governor Jim Pillen (@TeamPillen) April 19, 2023
Nebraska will still offer concealed carry permits to residents that wish to apply for them. This would give you reciprocity in other states which you otherwise wouldn’t have without the permit. This new law will also allow non-residents to carry concealed without a concealed carry permit or a recognized permit.
There’s obviously a growing trend in the United States towards constitutional carry or permitless carry laws. With Florida’s recent passage of permitless concealed carry, more than half of the states in the country now have some form of constitutional carry or permitless carry law on the books. These laws simply remove unnecessary barriers to the exercise of Second Amendment rights. Congratulations Nebraska!