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Nebraska: Civil Protection for Self-Defense Bill Goes to the Governor

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

On April 5, Legislative Bill 804, civil immunity legislation, passed during its final reading on the floor of the Legislature by an overwhelming 45 to 0 vote.  LB 804 has been sent to Governor Dave Heineman for his approval.

LB 804, introduced by state Senator Scott Lautenbaugh (18), is important for law-abiding citizens in the Cornhusker State.  As amended, LB 804 would provide for greater defense in civil proceedings where none is currently available.  While this is not the “Castle Doctrine” language that the NRA had initially sought, proposed and supported in committee hearings, it is still much better than current law.  LB 804 is a step in the right direction for full protection under ideal Castle Doctrine laws by providing civil immunity if an individual has been cleared following a criminal investigation.

We thank NRA members who contacted their state Senator in support of this important self-defense legislation.

Please contact Governor Heineman and respectfully request that he sign LB 804 into law.  You can reach Governor Heineman by phone at (402) 471-2244 and by e-mail using this online form

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.