Brad Rice

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A former superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol wants to carry a concealed firearm and is suing the patrol to get it.

Bradley Rice was fired by Gov. Pete Ricketts in June 2017 amid a review that found evidence that high-ranking patrol staffers interfered with the agency's internal investigations.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday says Rice asked the agency this past April for an identification card to allow him to carry a weapon. Federal code lets qualified retired law enforcement officers carry concealed firearms with proper identification.

The lawsuit says the current patrol superintendent, John Bolduc, denied Rice's request on grounds that Rice did not depart the agency in good standing.

Rice's lawsuit says he has concerns for his safety in public places because of his work in law enforcement.

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