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Neb. Legislature May Decide Issue of Off-Duty Carry at Schools

November 04, 2013  | 

The actions of an off-duty FBI agent — taking a gun to a Papillion elementary school — have ignited discussion that could make its way to the Nebraska Legislature, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

A Papillion-La Vista parent, Glen Hading, noticed the FBI agent and asked the Papillion-­La Vista school board about its policy on plainclothes officers having weapons in schools.

Nebraska law bans weapons on school grounds but makes an exception for on-duty law enforcement officers. But the law says nothing about off-duty officers, and there’s no consensus among metro-area school districts.


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Ky @ 11/4/2013 5:05 PM

What is their issue? So they don't want LEOs in plain clothes carrying guns at school? We are trained and protected to carry concealed off-duty. I can not imagine even the most liberal of places being that ignorant. That same parent would want that agents head on a stick if he was at the school when a shooting occurred but was not armed, so he could stop the threat.

I can't understand how stupid people can be. My children are my top priority and I take other kids safety very seriously. I expect every officer to be armed at my child's school and they dang well better be willing to protect mine whether they're in uniform or not. Because I'll sure protect theirs.

Mike Check @ 11/4/2013 7:01 PM

Should have kept it concealed and no problem?

Bob Bowers @ 11/4/2013 10:08 PM

HR 218 is a federal law that allows peace officers, active and retired in good standing, to carry in all 50 states. Federal law supersedes idiotic state laws like this...

Mike F. @ 11/5/2013 10:02 AM

Mike Check -- Agreed with you on that one.

Bob -- Be careful. HR 218 is not a blanket Federal carry permit for active/retired LEOs. The law exempts all qualified active and retired law enforcement officers as defined by the statute from State and local laws with respect to the carrying of concealed firearms. These officers are NOT exempt from Federal law or regulation, which governs the carriage of firearms onto aircraft or other “common carriers,” Federal buildings, Federal property, or national parks.

In addition, State (not local) laws which prohibit the carriage of firearms onto State or local government property and State (not local) laws which allow private entities to prohibit firearms on their private property DO still apply to qualified active and retired law enforcement officers.

Here is a good link that helps clear up any ambiguity:

http://www.rpoac.org/PDF/FAQ.Right2Carry.pdf

NJ Motorcop @ 11/12/2013 5:56 AM

First, what kind of idiots worry about us having guns on school property? Second, does the school realize that no matter what the state legislature does, this guy, as a federal officer, will still be exempt from any state laws that may be passed? It is time we put real Americans back in charge of our schools and get rid of these liberal idiots!

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