SAF Sues City of Omaha Over Gun Registration Ordinance

SAF Sues City of Omaha Over Gun Registration Orginance

SAF Sues City of Omaha Over Gun Registration Orginance

The Second Amendment Foundation today filed suit in federal district court in Nebraska against the City of Omaha, challenging the city’s prohibition against anyone who is not a United States citizen from registering a handgun

SAF’s lawsuit, on behalf of Armando Pliego Gonzalez, a resident alien living in the city, is joined by the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association. They are represented by attorneys Bernie Glaser of Lincoln, and David Sigale of Glen Ellyn, IL. Defendants are the City of Omaha, Mayor Jim Suttle and Police Chief Alex Hayes.

Pliego, a member of both SAF and NFOA, has been admitted legally to this country as a resident alien for permanent residence. He was approved as a permanent resident in October 2008. His wife is also a lawful permanent resident, and the couple has four children.

“There are no federal laws requiring U.S. citizenship as a prerequisite for the issuance of a license to purchase, register, carry, transport or even legally conceal a firearm,” noted SAF Executive Vice President and founder Alan M. Gottlieb. “Yet the City of Omaha makes a distinction by prohibiting legal resident aliens from completing the legal requirements to purchase and own a handgun. This prohibition appears to be in conflict with the Second and Fourteenth Amendments, and with the Nebraska State Constitution.”

After his home was invaded and robbed in 2010, Pliego sought to arm himself to defend himself and his family. However, Omaha’s prohibition stands in the way. When he tried to register a handgun that he had legally purchased, the Omaha police denied the application.

“Mr. Pliego jumped through all the hoops, and yet was denied his right of personal protection because of a city municipal code,” Gottlieb stated. “The citizenship requirement in Omaha’s code is an unconstitutional denial of equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

“We’re asking the court for a declaration that the citizenship requirements contained in the Omaha code is unconstitutional,” he concluded.

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  • Anonymous

    they need to be a citizen first then they need to worry about a firearms! If you dont like it “GO HOME”!!!!!!!

    • Malone13

      @asianguyglock:disqus .So what do we do with the men and women in our military who are fighting for our country,and were allowed to fight eventhough they are not a citizen of the great united states?

      When the war is over,do we tell them its time to go home?
      The are allowed to bear arms and fight for our country but cant have private owned weapons to protect their family.Must be sweet to be a borned asian-american.

      • Anonymous

        hey just to inform you smart a** i was adopted but “heres something for you” i went threw the steps to becoming a n. citizen so become a citizen legally and get over it!!!!!!

        • Malone

          You are right about the smart part.How the hell did you passed the the test?
          The word is “through” not “threw”…you dumb f**k.(Threw is the past tense of throw which means to toss or
          to fling)

          Bet that green card holder is more educated than you are.

          Just want to say a big “THANK YOU” to the men and women who are not a citizen of this great country, but are still fighting for our freedom.

    • Dave

      All he needs to do is move OUT of Omaha.  The shocking thing about Omaha is, that they have NOT completely outlawed firearms altogether.  Yes, Omaha, gun registrations.  Bellevue, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa; anywhere outside of Douglas County, and you pretty much can own a gun.  I got news for you asianguyglock, I have been a victim of “Home Invasion” and IT SUCKS.  Violent response is all the home invader understands. 

  • Alkdjfkljad

    While I am a gun owner and 2nd amendment advocate, I completely DO NOT agree with any non citizen owning a gun.
    If you want to own a gun IN THIS COUNTRY, become a citizen. Don’t like it? That’s fine. Either become a citizen or leave.

    • Anonymous

      HELL YES!!!!!! Darn RIGHT im tired of paying for them!!!!!! my taxes are going to pay for the medical and not going to people to who are truely trying but not making it!!!

      • malone

        ASIANADOPEDGUYGLOCK,i think you are talking about illegal aliens.
        Why are you paying for green card holder’s ?

        Dude,i think you should go clean your glock and try not to shoot yourself in the nuts.

    • malone

      @Alkdjfkljad.Do you think we should have them (green card holders) joining our army and fighting for our country?

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