LINCOLN (AP) — A federal judge in Nebraska has ordered the state to stop enforcing a law that prevents legal noncitizens from getting a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf issued the ruling last week after an agreement was reached between the Nebraska attorney general's office and two gun-rights groups that sued the state.
The lawsuit argued that the law violates the equal protection rights of lawful, permanent residents who would otherwise qualify for a permit.
It was filed on behalf of Carlos Nino De Rivera Lajous, a Mexican man who has lived legally in Lincoln since 1990. Lajous, a member of the Second Amendment Foundation and the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, applied for a concealed-carry permit in February but was denied.
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