(Lincoln, NE)  --  An internal investigation is being conducted after a man found a loaded gun in the Nebraska State Office Building yesterday.  Nebraska State Patrol and Capitol Security Detail secured the handgun once they were notified by the worker at the Department of Revenue.  It is said to have been left in a restroom for as long as an hour by a Department of Agriculture investigator.  Officials say NDA investigators have guns because they are appointed as deputy state sheriffs.  Workers at the building said they were worried that anyone could have gained access to a weapon.

A South High Magnet student was arrested for carrying a handgun on Tuesday.  An email that went out to families of students stated that a student reported that another student may have had a weapon on the school campus.

Police investigated and found the student off campus.  OPD confirmed the 15-year-old was arrested and is booked at the Douglas County Youth Center.

Omaha Police holding gun amnesty day Saturday

Mar 11, 2014

Omaha Police are co-sponsoring a gun amnesty day on Saturday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet that entered her Omaha home says they do not want retaliation for her death.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the shooting death of a young girl Wednesday morning.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by at least one stray bullet that entered her home in north Omaha.

Fireworks, gun amnesty day scheduled for July 20th

Jul 5, 2013

With the Independence Day holiday past, two locations will be open July 20th for disposal of fireworks.

Omaha Police say the upcoming Fireworks Amnesty Day is also a Gun Amnesty Day. Thursday was the last day consumer fireworks could be used legally in Omaha until December 28th, per city ordinance. Friday was the last day for fireworks sales in the Omaha metro area.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The names of Iowans with permits to acquire or carry guns would become private information under legislation proposed by a Republican lawmaker.

Bellevue teen brings pellet gun to school

Feb 7, 2013

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue teen faces charges after police say he brought a pellet gun that looks like the real thing to his high school.

OPD to expand gang unit, add staff

Jan 14, 2013

The Omaha Police Department’s gang unit will expand, and add a specialist in South Omaha.

A UNMC therapist says a child’s age and maturity level should guide conversations with them about last week’s school shooting.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says last week's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26, including 20 children, was an evil tragedy, but the response should include more than just gun control.

Omaha, Bellevue Police Departments hosting gun amnesty day

Nov 9, 2012

The Omaha and Bellevue Police Departments are partnering for a gun amnesty day Saturday.

Task force recommends solutions to curb gun violence

Sep 6, 2012

Expansion of gun amnesty programs, a gun buy-back, and an additional OPD gang specialist are among the recommendations of a task force studying violence in Omaha.

Omaha Police hosting gun amnesty day Saturday

May 17, 2012

Omaha’s first gun amnesty day of 2012 is Saturday.

The Omaha Police Department is co-sponsoring the amnesty day at 50th and Ames. Last year, police collected 127 illegal or unwanted firearms during three gun amnesty events.

Lieutenant Shayna Ray of OPD’s Gang Unit says firearms, ammunition, and fireworks are accepted at the amnesty sites. Ray says guns and ammunition are accepted no questions asked. Police don’t get information from people who turn in illegal or unwanted guns at the amnesty day events.

Task Force to study use of illegal guns in Omaha crimes

Mar 28, 2012


A task force of city officials, law enforcement, and private citizens will study additional ways Omaha can get illegal guns off the streets.


More than 800 illegal guns were taken off Omaha’s streets last year. The city ended 2011 with 37 homicides, and has recorded eight homicides so far this year.