I'm the public safety director in Lincoln (population 258,000). I became a police officer here in 1974, and except for a seven year detour to the Sheriff's Office, this is where I've been. I was the police chief from 1994 to 2011, when I assumed management responsibility for police, fire, and 911
Last May, I posted the story Gary got his gun permit, detailing the circumstances that resulted in a guy with a rather incredible past receiving a Nebraska concealed handgun permit. Gary is not his real name, because the law in Nebraska prohibits me from revealing the identity of a concealed carry permit holder.
He went almost a year before his bucket sprang a leak.
Dressed in his camouflage T-shirt, Gary decided to take a little outdoor shooting practice Saturday. He set up a white plastic bucket in the backyard, and began firing. This caused something of a stir in the neighborhood, and 911 was ringing with reports of gunfire. Multiple officers responded, and a perimeter was established. The police response was complicated by misinformation Gary provided upon our initial contact. There had been no mysterious drive by shooter, also wearing camo, as he had claimed. Further investigation revealed the true story. After officers located the shiny shell casings and the perforated bucket in the back yard, the truth emerged and Gary fessed up. He was cited for discharging a firearm within the city limits.
Lest you think he lives in a secluded spot, here's the aerial photo of his neighborhood.
Gary got his gun permit, but we now have his gun. His Colt Defender .45 ACP semi-auto pistol was seized as evidence. Hopefully, if he's convicted, the State will see fit to revoke his concealed carry permit. Oh, by the way--we found several spent shell casings, but only one hole in his bucket.