State Law Background
Among other things, Nebraska:
- Generally allows local jurisdictions to regulate firearms, although local authority has been removed in particular areas; and
- Requires any person buying a handgun from an unlicensed, private person to first obtain a handgun certificate or a concealed handgun permit after a background check.
However, Nebraska does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a long gun between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition; or
- Provide law enforcement with discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
In 2016, Nebraska had the 11th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Despite this, 171 people still died from firearm-related injuries in the state that year. Nebraska also had the 12th lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016.
Nebraska Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Nebraska, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.