State Laws

Nebraska Gun Laws


Nebraska Gun Laws
Purchasing firearms in the state of Nebraska does not require a permit. As long as shotguns, handguns, and rifles are purchased from a licensed dealer, no permit is necessary. The state of Nebraska defines a handgun as any firearm that has a sixteen-inch barrel or less or any firearm that was originally designed to be fired while being held in one hand. Rifles, handguns, and shotguns do not need to be registered to the Nebraska law enforcement.

Owners also do not need to be licensed to possess a shotgun, handgun, or rifle. No permit is needed to carry a rifle or a shotgun, as stated through Nebraska law. The law does state that a permit is necessary to carry a handgun, which became effective as of the first of January 2007. This kind of permit is called a concealed weapons permit and can be acquired through completion of the proper safety courses, necessary background checks, and eligibility.

Certificate for Possessing a Firearm
To receive, sell, or purchase a handgun requires a certificate. Certain circumstances allow no certificate to be needed. These include the purchase or sale of an antique handgun, a firearms dealer through federal licensing acquires the gun, a law enforcement agency makes the transfer or purchase, or the transfer is temporary.

When a transfer is for temporary purposes, the individual acquiring the gun must be visible by the dealer at all times, be on the shooting facility premises, or be a member of the gun holder's family--sibling, spouse, parent, uncle, aunt, child, grandparent, nephew, or niece.

Certificate applications are to be processed through the police chief or the sheriff in the county of residence. During this process a background check will be made after two days of filing, which will cost five dollars. The police chief or the sheriff will then determine if the certificate is to be granted or denied. If a certificate is denied, the reason for the denial will be presented to the individual in written form. A certificate can only be acquired by those who are twenty-one years of age or older and is only valid by the state of Nebraska for a three-year time period.

If a certificate has been revoked or denied, an appeal can be issued within ten days to the county court of residency. The appeal will need to contain the reasons why the certificated was denied or revoked and will need to include a ten-dollar filing fee. Within thirty days a decisions will be issued by the court.

Nebraska Firearms Dealers
Nebraska law states that licensed dealers are required to check certifications, certification numbers, and picture identification before a purchase or transfer can be made. This also includes manufacturers and importers and excludes the checking of other dealers, manufacturers, collectors, or importers.

Possession Eligibility
Only certain individuals under law are eligible to possess firearms. These excludes those under the age of eighteen, felony convictions using firearms, misdemeanors using firearms, the chemically dependent, alcoholics, and the mentally unstable. Privileges can be reestablished after certain periods of time, in most cases.

See also:
Nebraska Divorce
Nebraska Bankruptcy Laws
Nebraska DUI Laws
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Nebraska Misdemeanors External link (opens in new window)
Nebraska Expungement External link (opens in new window)