Chief Tom on Concealed Carry

April 21, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I am going to withhold commenting on Mayor Seng’s proposed concealed carry ban for a while, but I couldn’t pass up this quote from the Journal Star article on the topic:

[Police Chief Tom Casady] said it’s rare for citizens to protect themselves with concealed weapons. He can only recall one incident in 32 years of law enforcement.

Uhh, Tom? That’s because concealed weapons were illegal during that time.

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alathea April 23, 2006 at 12:00am

Examples of other statute(s) in Lincoln that make needno sense. I received a ticket today for my vehicle, recently purchased, private sale. I have two weeks until I am required to get it tagged. The Ticket is for improper registration, 100.00, with a threatening note at the bottom that I have 6 hours to move it or be towed. No where on the ticket did the officer leave any contact information.

I looked all this up already-yes I know about the 24 hour rule, and I found the 6 hour rule. My question is: If its illegal to manufacture an Intransit under State law, and I get cited for improper registration under city law, how am I supposed to prove my vehicle is legal in the eyes of the Socialist Republic of Lincoln? What if I was at work and my car was ticketed and towed in the same day? It’s MY responsibility somehow to provide proof of something when manufacturing that proof is illegal in the State code? The City code only says I have to provide it to an OFFICER when REQUESTED. So, a Ticket left on my vehicle, with no contact information for the officer, is construed as a contact attempt in lieu of a live officer and starts the clock ticking? Ummm….yeah.

I flagged down an officer in the 12th street neighborhood that I live in and he said that I have to go to the City Courthouse and take it up with them. When? On my Lunch break across town in my car with no plates that is apparently illegal?
When am I supposed to do that, and whats to stop it from happening again next week when the City decides they want more money? The girl next door bought a car the same week I did, privately, and has a ticket too. She’s out of town this weekend with her mom. What is she supposed to do? 12th and E/F has no private parking for the rentals on our side of the street. We have nowhere else to park, but its okay for the Hair College students on 11th and M to park here all day and get BUSSED by the school to class every morning? How is that not violating something? I thought the point of all the towning going on in Lincoln every day was to free up parking for everyone-isn’t the the rationale of the parking meter debate downtown?

Mr. Wilson April 23, 2006 at 1:50am

Step 1: Make copies of everything you send and receive.
Step 2: Register your vehicle.
Step 3: Send a copy of both your registration and your ticket, along with a brief letter of explanation, to the address you’re supposed to send your fine to. Request that the fine be waived in light of the fact that your vehicle a) was legally in transit at the time of the ticket, and b) is now legally registered. Request written confirmation that the fine has been waived, or a written explanation of why the fine cannot be waived.
Step 4: If you run into any problems, contact the Mayor’s office and ask for assistance.

That’s what I’d do, anyway.

alathea April 23, 2006 at 2:06am

Thank you, Mr. Wilson. That sums up pretty much what I had in mind, but it does little to address the overall issue that im sure affects others in Lincoln. It’s perfectly legal to transact a vehicle, and the law as written provides no differences between a dealer transaction and a private sale with regard to in-transit vehicles. How many others got a ticket like this today? (one for sure that I know of-my neighbor)I provide no excuse for those who are not legally registered-that is not my intent. I merely point out that the law in its application provides all the power to the City and little if any redress to the individual. If I provide all the documentation to the City, there is no guarantee, for example, that I will have my fine waived. I will then be without a vehicle until I go to court, or file it as stolen by the City and sue them, because I refuse to pay the fine. I still appear to be at fault and have to make all the motions for redress. It’s not a very encouraging situation.

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