Two new police officers who joined the Beatrice Police Department a few months ago have recently had a hand in changing city ordinances.
At Monday's Beatrice City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to repeal an out-of-date ordinance pertaining to the sale of firearms.
Section 17-114 of the Beatrice City Code, which regarded recording and reporting of firearm sales within city limits was repealed.
According to the ordinance, anyone who sold, traded or disposed of any firearm within the city of Beatrice was to notify the chief of police in writing before they did so. The notice was to have a description of the firearm along with the name and address of the person who acquired the weapon.
The chief of police was supposed to be notified within 24 hours of the firearm's transfer.
“We had a couple of new police officers hired,” City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said. “I think one of their duties is to go through the city code and become familiar with it. They ran across this code section, asked the chief, ‘Do we do this?’”
As it turned out, the city had not been complying with the ordinance for 20-some years, Tempelmeyer said, which was good for the city because the Nebraska state statute that authorized them to do so was repealed in 2014.
Nebraska legislative bill 669 from 2014—the stated aims of which were to “change hunting permit and hunter education provisions, provide reports to a firearm database and eliminate certain firearm provisions”—included an “outright repeal” of section 20-1211 of the revised statutes of Nebraska, which referred to the conditions for purchase, sale, trade and conveyance of firearms in Nebraska.