2009 Nebraska Code
Unlawful use of locks and keys; penalty;
Chapter 28 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
28-1316 Unlawful use of locks and keys; penalty; exceptions.
(1) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of locks and keys if he or she:
(a) Sells, offers to sell, or gives to any person other than a law enforcement agency, dealer licensed under the Motor Vehicle Industry Regulation Act, motor vehicle manufacturer, or person regularly carrying on the profession of a locksmith any try-out key, manipulation key, wiggle key, or any other device designed to be used in place of the normal change key of any motor vehicle; or
(b) Has in his or her possession any try-out key, wiggle key, manipulation key, or any other device designed to be used in place of the normal change key of any motor vehicle unless he or she is a locksmith, locksmith manufacturer, dealer licensed under the Motor Vehicle Industry Regulation Act, motor vehicle manufacturer, or law enforcement agency; or
(c) Duplicates a master key for anyone unless written permission has been granted by the person who has legal control of the master key. All master keys shall be stamped with the words DO NOT DUPLICATE. All duplications of master keys shall also be stamped with the words DO NOT DUPLICATE.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall be construed to make it unlawful if:
(a) The owner of two or more vehicles possesses a change key that can be used on two or more vehicles that he or she owns; or
(b) Such owner changes the locks on such vehicle so that they are keyed alike; or
(c) Any person makes or duplicates the original change keys for such an owner; or
(d) Anyone stamps any other type of key with the words DO NOT DUPLICATE.
(3) Unlawful use of locks and keys is a Class III misdemeanor.
Laws 1977, LB 38, § 300;
Laws 2010, LB816, § 2.
Effective Date: March 4, 2010
Motor Vehicle Industry Regulation Act, see section 60-1401.
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