Gene Tysons heir to the CCW throne, Jeanne Combs succeeded in getting an almost worthless concealed carry bill through the unicameral and now she is bailing for greener pastures.
Combs will withdraw bid for re-election
Not that all of her hard work isn't appreciated, and I don't want to sound like I am blowing my own horn but I met with her last year when the first printed draft of LB 454 came out and pointed out, in writing all of the flaws. Flaws that are now manifesting themselves in the form of municiple bans. I not only spoke with her early on, I also spent time with several of the other sponsors of the bill, to no avail.
Here are a couple of links to my blog posts at the time. All of the things I wrote about was provided to Jeanne Combs and several other Co-sponsors.
January 28th 2005
February 9th 2005
April 23rd 2005
Granted I never liked this bill, but there is a large number of people that believed in it and I worked to get it passed, so maybe I am as responsible as anyone else for POS454 that went to the Governors desk.
The most oft comment I heard was "Tone it down a bit Gun the NRA is happy with this bill" and "since it is better than nothing we can work on getting it fixed in the next few years."
Yea you read that right the NRA was tickled to death with this bill as is.
And that was after I spent time with the NRA Rep pointing out the flaws to him as well.
So now for the second time in two years we will have to find another Senator willing to take on the racist tantrums of Ernie Chambers. And that is no small order.
Now that the real work needs to be done we are left hanging out to dry.
I wish Jeanne all the best and hope that what ever she has planned comes to fruitful fruition. I can't blame her for moving on, especially if it is for something better. It just gripes me that she's leaving with so much undone. I really do in a way feel abandoned and just a bit responisible. I had assurances that my concerns would be addressed if I would just lend my support to LB454.
I did my part.
Unless she can find a strong replacement to carry on it is doubtful that any changes at the state level will be made in the next few years.