“Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights,” Ricketts stated, according to a video of the signing event. “As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and with my signature, it will become official.”
A number of counties in the state have now declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries.”
The move appears in the light of recent federal gun-control proposals and orders after some mass shootings.
Last week, President Joe Biden revealed a list of executive orders including new designations on “ghost guns,” “red flag” legislation, and stipulated that pistols altered with stabilizer braces would be subject to the National Firearms Act.
U.S. House Democrats, in the meantime, passed two gun measures that would increase background checks, although many Republican senators have announced they would use their power to block both measures.
“The White House and U.S. Congress have announced their intention to pursue measures that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms,” according to a tweet from Ricketts, a Republican. His designation “will stand up against federal overreach and attempts to regulate gun ownership and use in the Good Life,” the governor stated.
Earlier this month, deputies in Cache County, Utah, explained that they won’t enforce any federal policy that may violate residents’ Second Amendment rights. Sheriff D. Chad Jensen stated that “unconstitutional gun control” will not take place in the county on his watch.
“I have always supported and wholeheartedly enforced all constitutionally sound laws that deter and penalize gun violence,” Jensen wrote in the April 9 statement. “It is critical we continue to work to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against our citizens.”
In the meantime, White House officials have stated that more gun-control measures are forthcoming.
“The president is not going to wait for Congress to act to take additional executive actions—this is the beginning,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week. “He will continue to have his team review, both from a policy and a legal standpoint, additional executive actions that are possible to take.”
Psaki announced Biden will still try to push Congress to create “long-term measures,” without elaborating on what regulations he might seek.
One North Carolina-based Democratic strategist said voting on an assault weapons ban would help fuel Republican arguments that the Biden administration is coming to take their guns.
“Republicans are already claiming that Democrats are trying to take people’s guns and have no respect for the Second Amendment,” said the strategist.