Explicitly granted in the 2nd Amendment
The right to bear arms is explicitly granted in the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Some have suggested that there would have been a “hunting game” understanding underlying that provision in 1791, and that our rights as citizens can and should be limited. The Nebraska Constitution, written not quite one hundred years later (1875), in its Article I Statement of Rights states:
All persons are by nature free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes, and such right shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.
While some court cases have upheld “reasonable regulations” on the right to bear arms in Nebraska, it seems to me that regulations have the effect of assuming that someone who wishes to bear arms is doing so for some nefarious purpose, and that it is up to them to prove that they are not.
I am fundamentally opposed to any further regulations on the right to keep and bear arms, and would vote against further registration or regulation, and consider voting for removal of current regulations. Those who commit crimes with a firearm should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law—but having a weapon, in and of itself, should not be reason for suspicion.