Nebraska prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing a handgun.1 The provisions of this section do not apply to the temporary loan of handguns for instruction under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian or adult instructor.2

Nebraska prohibits any person from knowingly and intentionally transferring, or attempting to transfer, a firearm to a juvenile (any person under age 18).3 However, the state does not prohibit the transfer of a long gun to a juvenile:

  • Who is related to the transferor within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity if the transfer of physical possession does not occur until the juvenile’s parent or guardian grants express permission;
  • Who is under direct adult supervision in an appropriate educational program; or
  • For a legitimate and lawful sporting purpose.4

A person must be at least age 21 to receive a handgun purchase certificate or concealed handgun permit.5 Generally, a handgun purchase certificate or concealed handgun permit is necessary to purchase, lease, rent, or receive transfer of a handgun from an unlicensed person.6 See the section entitled Licensing of Gun Owners or Purchasers in Nebraska.

Nebraska prohibits firearm possession for person under the age of 25 who was previously been adjudicated an offender in juvenile court for an act which would constitute a felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Nebraska law provides a process for having this prohibition removed7

Federal age restrictions also apply.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204(1). ⤴︎
  2. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204(2). ⤴︎
  3. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204.01(1). ⤴︎
  4. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204.01(2). ⤴︎
  5. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2404. ⤴︎
  6. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2403. ⤴︎
  7. Neb. Rev. § Stat. 28-1204.05. ⤴︎