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Bill: No firearms for juvenile domestic violence offenders

Nebraska's Judiciary Committee has moved LB990 from committee and sent it to the Legislature. The bill's main topic is to prohibit juveniles who have been adjudicated for misdemeanor domestic violence or for felonies from having firearms until they are at least 25 years of age.

Should such a juvenile be found in possession of a firearm, he or she would face a Class IV felony the first time. After that, the charge would be a Class IIIA felony. The penalties for a Class IV felony include up to two years in prison followed by 12 months of supervision post-release, a fine of $10,000 or both. If there is a prison sentence, then the post-release supervision will be a minimum of nine months.

A Class IIIA felony carries a prison sentences of up to three years with post-release supervision of 18 months or a fine of $10,000 or both. If sentenced to prison, then there will be a minimum post-release supervision of nine months.

The senator that sponsored the bill said that Nebraska has a problem with gun violations by juvenile offenders. As an example, he said an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle can be possessed by a 17-year-old violent offender when the offender reaches the age of 19. It does not matter if the offender has been rehabilitated or not.

Domestic violence charges against juveniles are more common than you might think. Those who have committed a violent crime will not be unable to possess firearms until age 25. The senator said that these young people need to make sure their brains are completely developed and that rehabilitation is complete before allowing them to possess a gun.

If you are facing a domestic violence charge as a juvenile, it's important that you understand the severity of the charges. An experienced attorney can help you learn more and provide you with information about your legal options.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star, "Nebraska committee advances bill to keep guns from juvenile offenders until age 25," JoAnne Young, March 07, 2018

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