Trimming the Concealers

July 27, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The City Council’s next likely move on the concealed carry topic will probably be restricting who is eligible to received a concealed carry permit in Lincoln. Some local leaders, including Mayor Colleen Seng and Councilman Ken Svoboda, want to plug perceived holes in the state law. The Mayor would like to add to the list of cannot carriers those guilty of “assaults, making menacing threats, contributing to the delinquency of a child, public indecency and second-offense driving under the influence.” The justification behind the first one is obvious. The second one is also fairly obvious, although “making menacing threats” is a somewhat fuzzy offense. But I’m not sure I get the relationships between the last three and an individual’s likelihood of being more likely to commit a gun offense. And public indecency? Really? If a guy is indecent, chances are he probably doesn’t have any place to conceal his gun!

Ken Svoboda’s list is similar, and includes “stalking, violating a protection order, impersonating a peace officer, indecent exposure and driving under the influence offenses.” Again, the first three I understand, while the last two seem unrelated.

Are flashers and public urinators more likely to commit gun crimes? How about folks convicted of multiple DUI offenses? If not, why are those offenses on the list?

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Eric Larson July 27, 2006 at 4:02pm

I’d like them to ammend their list to include any parking violations, speeding, overdue library books, or unkept lawns.

And I think it goes without saying that you shouldn’t have to actually receive a violation for any of these infractions, merely performing any of these acts should be more than enough.

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