No "Stand Your Ground" Law In Nebraska

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain all said they want state lawmakers to give their respective "stand your ground laws" a second look.

In Nebraska, there are definitely people on both sides of the issue.

When burglars came to Rob Wegman's home in April 2013, he pulled out his shot gun. It only took the sound of him cocking it to stop on suspect in his tracks. Wegman held the man at gunpoint until police arrived.

"I never thought twice about it, because I didn't want them coming back a third time," said Wegman.

Wegman didn't fire the gun, but nationwide, stand your ground laws are coming under the microscope.

"Nebraska does not have a law on stand your ground," said Sgt. Greg Kelly, Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

In Nebraska, people can only use deadly force against an attacker when they or someone else is in a life or death situation, or in risk of serious injury.

By law, everyone's first response should always be to retreat or surrender whatever property the attacker wants.

Some gun owners wonder though about the line between fleeing and defending yourself.

"I don't think you have to flee at all costs, I think that uh, at some point if someone is assaulting you or attacking you, you should be able to defend yourself," said Justin Fader, gun owner.

This law only allows deadly force as a last resort, and only to protect people, not property.

"You are actually prohibited from using deadly force to protect property," said Sgt. Kelly.

A type of circumstance, protection of property, many people feel should be included in Nebraska law.

Wegman said he was happy he didn't have to fire his gun that day, but was willing to pull the trigger if he had too.

"I'm not backing down, I never have all my life ya know," said Wegman.

Douglas County Sheriff's Department said in the last year they have seen an uptick in the number of requests for "permit's to purchase." These are necessary to legally buying a gun.

Deputies also want to remind the public, to carry a gun people must also have a permit for concealed-carry.

Iowa does have a stand your ground law in the books. A section on reasonable force said it can be deadly, if it is "reasonable" to think that's what's necessary to avoid injury, or to save a life.


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