State Roundup

NRA: Omaha law requiring fingerprints before legal gun sale is illegal

The National Rifle Association has shot back at a new Omaha law that requires anyone selling a gun to get fingerprinted.

The NRA sent a letter to city council members in which the association said the law is an attack on law-abiding gun owners. But city officials said the law, which narrowly passed in a 4-3 vote, will help reduce crime.

City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said pawn shops have required fingerprints for years. Now, other businesses, like sporting goods stores, can catch up. Conboy said the law will make it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen guns.

Gun owner and City Councilman Garry Gernandt agreed, saying law-abiding gun owners will have nothing to fear when selling a gun.

The NRA rebuffed any claims for the law's role in violence reduction, saying the law would increase the sale of illegal firearms on the black market.

Other state stories

-- Tennessee: Fun law divides opinion; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8145541.stm

-- Tennessee: Lawmaker Wants Age Limit On Private Gun Sales; http://www.wsmv.com/news/20018623/detail.html

-- Caifornia: Rise in Sacramento County gun sales tied to fewer cops, what Obama might do; http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/2020626.html

-- Louisiana: ACLU Defends Gun Rights in New Orleans; http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/275781

-- Louisiana: Concealed weapon permit applications explode; http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=10671382&nav=menu57_2

-- Utah: Jewish high schoolers debate with gun-rights champion; http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_12805527

-- Minnesota: More concealed weapons in Minnesota? http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/9683-2

-- South Dakota: Firearms permits soaring in state; http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/34904/