Nebraska lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit governors from restricting gun sales in a declared state emergency.
Lawmakers advanced the bill Tuesday with a 39-0 vote. Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial says he sponsored the measure so that Nebraskans can defend themselves against mobs and looting in a natural disaster.
Current Nebraska law allows governors to restrict the sale, distribution and transportation of guns once a state emergency is declared.
Christensen has worked on the bill with the National Rifle Association, which has pushed successfully for similar "emergency powers" laws in 34 other states. Bills are pending in Iowa, Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha says the measure is feel-good legislation that doesn't help or hurt anyone.