- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska residents who want to buy night vision goggles and body armor can rest easy: They won’t have to undergo a background check anytime soon.

The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee rejected a measure Thursday that would have required buyers to face the same federal checks used for buying a gun. Committee members voted to kill it at the request of its sponsor, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha.

Chambers says he introduced the bill to make a point. He pointed to the recent occupation of a wildlife refuge building in Oregon by a group of armed, white protesters. He says black people have been arrested for less serious offenses based solely on intent, and military-style tactical gear demonstrates intent for violence.

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The bill is LB839

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