See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Similarly, Nebraska prohibits the following persons from possessing firearms:

  • A convicted felon;
  • A fugitive from justice;
  • Any person subject to a current domestic violence protection order, harassment protection order, or sexual assault protection order, and in knowing violation of that order; or
  • Any person convicted within the past seven years of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.1

Nebraska has no laws preventing the purchase or possession of firearms by:

  • Violent misdemeanants (other than those convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor);
  • Persons with mental illness;
  • Drug or alcohol abusers; or
  • Juvenile offenders.

For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see the Nebraska Background Checks section.

  1. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1206(1). ⤴︎