In past months I wrote a series of dissertations concerning the State Constitution, and firearms laws or lack there of in Nebraska. For the benifit of any new readers, that do not have the time to read back the entire blog (ed... I don't either) I am posting the links to the series here.
As I have noted in past entries, there are any number of people in Nebraska that believe, and can articulate that the Cornhusker state, like Vermont, has always had legal concealed carry without the requirement for a license or permit. Some of these people are passionate in their belief to the point that they have testified against concealed carry in Unicameral hearings on the subject.
No Ernie Chambers (D-Oma) is not the only obstacle to CCW. It takes 25 votes to pass a bill in the state house. CCW legislation has generally had at least 26 co-sponsors. It takes 33 votes to bring cloture to a Senator Chambers filibuster. There has generally been a maximum of 32 votes for cloture. Of the 48 members of the Unicameral that leaves 16 counting Senator Chambers. Clearly one third of the legislative body does not support the measure or are reluctant to cross Senator Chambers in fear that he will target one of their pet bills.
In regards to the latter, that sentiment has been expressed on more than one occassion by more than one Senator. Have no doubt that Senator Chambers is a very influential representive. His knowledge of Parlimentary Procedure and how to wield it is second to none. It is well known that if Senator Chambers is not content with another Senator, said Senator is guaranteed considerable difficulty in advancing legislation. Make what you want of that, but that is the way it is.
Here are the links to the previous posts. Read them at your own liesure and form your own conclusions.
The Truth about Concealed Carry in Nebraska
A Follow up and a Challenge
What part of Don't have the Power Don't they Understand
The City of Lincoln is not in Compliance
Omaha's Nebraska's Municipal Code Violates the Constitution