Nebraska Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong GunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoYesNeb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2403A handgun certificate or a concealed carry permit is required for the purchase of a handgun.
Firearm registration?NoNoOmaha, Neb., Code § 20-251 et seq.Lincoln, Neb., Muni. Code § 9.36.030The City of Omaha requires the registration of all handguns. The City of Lincoln requires reporting of firearms sales other than long guns commonly used for sporting purposes.
Owner license required?NoNo
Permit required for concealed carry?N/AYesNebraska is a “shall issue” state for concealed carry.
Permit required for open carry?NoNoOpen carry is generally permitted, but may be restricted by local governments. For open carry in a vehicle, the firearm must be clearly visible.
State preemption of local restrictions?Yes*Yes*Nebraska has partial state preemption for most but not all firearms laws. Other than discharge ordinances, local firearms ordinances are preempted for individuals who hold a valid Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). These local ordinances are still enforceable against non-permitholders.Some counties have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.[102]
Assault weapon law?NoNo
NFA weapons restricted?NoNo
Background checks required for private sales?NoYesNeb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2403A person acquiring a handgun must have either a handgun certificate or a concealed handgun permit and has therefore been subject to a background check.


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