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A judge has barred Omaha from enforcing its ordinance that bars noncitizens who are legally in the United States from possessing handguns.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday issued a preliminary injunction that orders Omaha not to enforce the ordinance until he can rule on a lawsuit.
A Mexican national and two gun-rights organizations sued the city in September.
Armando Pliego Gonzalez, the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and the Second Amendment Foundation filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court. Gonzalez was given permanent resident alien status in 2008.
While Gonzalez can legally own a handgun under Nebraska law, the city ordinance bars him from owning a handgun in his home for self-defense.
(Copyright AP-WF-11-22-11 2240GMT)
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