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.
- Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1206(1). ⤴︎