Nebraska is a “Shall Issue” state however to purchase a firearm in Nebraska you have to first have a permit. Rifle sales are less regulated than that of handguns. State police issue permits and only to residents of Nebraska. Processing time for an application is usually petty quick, five days or less. Nebraska is not a constitutional carry state. Nebraska does allow the purchase of NFA Firearms, which include machine guns, short barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles, and silencers. However, owners must comply with all federal regulations regarding these types of weapons. If you live on Omaha and do not have a permit to carry, you just register your firearm with the city. Lincoln has specific regulations limiting the purchase and ownership of guns to people who have misdemeanors on their criminal record. These violations include stalking or violent offenses. Lancaster County prohibits gun purchases and upholds these rules for anyone who lives in Lincoln.
Nebraska’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
Reciprocity between states allows people with gun permits to travel across state lines with their weapons. The thirty-two states that honor a Nebraska concealed carry permit are:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Nebraska in kind honors these thirty-eight state’s permits:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota,Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. Iowa only honors Nebraska non-professional permits. North Dakota honors Class 1 permits, and South Dakota honors Nebraska’s Enhanced permit.
Nebraska is a “Shall Issue” state, and the state police issue permits to residents only. Military personnel are treated as residents and can get permits in Nebraska whether they live there or not. You must notify an officer if you are carrying when you encounter them out in public. You must observe all “no weapons” signs and cannot carry in restricted areas like a prison, jail, the police station, courtrooms, polling stations, government buildings, financial institutions, churches, hospitals or political rallies. You are legally allowed to open carry and carry in your vehicle. You may also carry in restaurants and state parks, along with rest areas and national forests. Further restrictions prohibit you from carrying in places that sell alcohol, schools, athletic events, and private property. You must also follow other state and federal “off limit” rules.
When applying for a concealed carry permit in Nebraska, your application must be notarized. You must be twenty-one or older to apply. You must also pass an approved firearms training course. You must be a U.S. citizen and pass a vision test. You cannot have any criminal violations regarding drugs or weapons on your record, and you must follow all federal guidelines. The initial permit costs $100, and the renewal is $50. You must produce proof of citizenship with a copy of your birth certificate too. Bring your driver’s license also as you must prove your residency when applying for the permit.
Nebraska is a “point of contact” state but only for the transfer of weapons through a licensed dealer. In which case, extra steps are taken to verify the identity and eligibility of the buyer. Firearms dealers are also federally required to run an FBI, NCIS background check on every individual who purchases a gun from them. If the person has a state permit to carry, then this rule is waived. Concerning private sales, the buyer must first obtain a license to carry and undergo a background check at the state level. This does not apply to the sale of long guns.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Permit to carry a concealed handgun||$100.00||$50.00||$125.00|
|State parks||Police, Sheriff, or Nebraska State Patrol station or office|
|State and national forests||Detention facility, prison, or jail|
|Road side rest areas||Courtroom or building which contains a courtroom|
|Vehicle||Polling place during a bona fide election|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or other political subdivision|
|Meeting of the Legislature or a Committee of the Legislature|
|Professional or semiprofessional athletic event|
|Building, grounds, vehicle, or sponsored activity or athletic event of any public, private, denominational, or parochial elementary, vocational, or secondary school, a private post secondary career school, a community college, or a public or private college, junior college, or university|
|Place of worship|
|Hospital, emergency room, or trauma center|
|Political rally or fundraiser|
|Establishment having a license issued under the Nebraska Liquor Control Act that derives over one half of its total income from the sale of alcoholic liquor|
|Place where the possession or carrying of a firearm is prohibited by state or federal law|
|A place or premises where the person, persons, entity, or entities in control of the property or employer in control of the property has prohibited permit holders from carrying concealed handguns into or onto the place or premises|
|Into or onto any other place or premises where handguns are prohibited by state law|
|Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|Monday – Friday:||8:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|Address:||Nebraska State Patrol|
Investigative Services Center
3800 NW 12th Street
|City:||Lincoln, NE 68521|
4411 South 108th Street Omaha, NE 68137
1401 W Eisenhower Avenue Norfolk, NE 68701
3431 Old Potash Highway Grand Island, NE 68801
300 West South River Road North Platte, NE 69103
4500 Avenue I Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Investigative Services Center 3800 NW 12th Street Lincoln, NE 68521