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Nebraska Gun Control Laws

A combination of federal and state laws determine how firearms are sold and controlled in the U.S., with plenty of diversity among different states and regions. State gun control laws often limit who may purchase a firearm, how background checks are carried out, permitting processes for carrying a concealed handgun, and so forth. Some states require a waiting period and have several restrictions on the carrying of handguns, while other states are much more permissive. The federal government has limited authority over firearms (see the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm's explanation of the National Firearms Act to learn more).

Nebraska Gun Control Laws at a Glance

Nebraska does not require a waiting period in order to purchase a gun, although all federally licensed gun dealers must run an electronic background check at the point of sale. Anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or subject to a restraining order may not purchase or even possess firearms. Nebraska residents may apply for a concealed handgun permit through the Nebraska State Patrol (sample concealed carry permit ).

Additional details of Nebraska's gun control laws are listed below. See Gun Laws for related information.

Code Section 28-1201, et seq.
Illegal Arms Machine gun; short rifle or short shotgun; defaced firearm; stolen firearm
Waiting Period None
Concealed Weapons Allowed? Permit required for carrying a concealed handgun; carrying a concealed weapon without a permit may be charged as a Class I misdemeanor (Class IV felony for a second or subsequent offense)
Who May Not Own 1. Under 18: revolver, pistol, or any short-barreled hand firearm (without supervision); 2. Convicted felon/fugitive from justice: barrel less than 18 inches; 3. Convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in last 7 yrs.; 4. Subject to a protective restraining order
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds Class IV felony (28-1204.04)

Note: State laws are not carved in stone and may change at any time, usually through the enactment of newly signed legislation but sometimes through higher court rulings or other means. You may want to contact a Nebraska criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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