Gun-Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against Nebraska Over Concealed Carry Gun Law


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Two gun–rights groups are suing to force Nebraska to changea state law that bars immigrants from obtaining permits to carry concealedweapons.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Nebraska FirearmsOwners Association have sued Nebraska officials on behalf of Carlos Nino DeRivera Lajous, a 68–year–old Mexican man who has been legally living in Lincolnsince 1990. The lawsuit says the state's denial of a concealed–carry permit toLajous violates federal constitutional rights to equal protection and to beararms.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Lincoln's federal court, isseeking an injunction to keep the part of the law requiring U.S. citizenship fora concealed–carry permit from being enforced.

On Saturday, a federal judge in New Mexico issued atemporary injunction to stop a similar practice there.