'Emergency Powers' Gun Bill Slated for Neb. Vote

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Lincoln, NE-- A Nebraska lawmaker known as a strong gun-rights advocate is pushing a bill that would prohibit governors from restricting guns sales in a state emergency.

The measure by Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial would prevent governors from limiting the sale or transportation of firearms after a natural disaster. Christensen has picked the bill as his priority for the year, increasing the odds it will get debated before the session ends.

Christensen says he worked on the measure with the National Rifle Association, which has advocated successfully for similar "emergency powers" laws in 34 other states.

States started passing the bills after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when New Orleans police seized hundreds of guns. Police have said most of the confiscated firearms had been stolen or found in abandoned homes.