Court Rules that Non-Citizens Can Carry Weapons

LINCOLN (AP) - A federal judge in Nebraska has ordered the state to stop enforcing a law that prevents legal, non-citizens 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.