Nebraska Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Nebraska

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.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents License issued to
  • 32 # of states that honor Nebraska license
  • 38 # of state licenses that Nebraska honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 100 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

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.

Nebraska CCW Reciprocity Map

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.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

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.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

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 Gun Background Check

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.

  • Permits
  • Handguns
  • Long Guns
  • Total

NE CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Resident of Nebraska for last 180 days.
  • Pass an approved firearms training course.
  • Complete a vision test.
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • Have never had a conviction for violation of any law relating to firearms, unlawful use of a weapon, or controlled substances in Nebraska or any other jurisdiction in the past ten (10) years.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. If you don’t have a drivers license get a vision test done. A drivers license proves your vision was tested and passed.
  2. Complete a firearms training course.
  3. Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from Troop Headquarters.
  4. Fill out the form and have it notarized
  5. Gather the following documents; Notarized application form Proof of training Proof of vision – drivers license Proof of citizenship – birth certificate or passport Proof of address – drivers license or Nebraska ID card
  6. Take the application and all above documents to your nearest Troop Headquarters
  7. You will be fingerprinted and your signature and photo taken
  8. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

CCW Renewal

  • Permit holders may renew a permit to carry a concealed handgun within the four (4) months prior to expiration of the initial permit at any Nebraska State Patrol Troop Headquarters or office.
  • An application for renewal must be completed by permit holder affirming that the permit holder still meets all current requirements for obtaining a permit. The application must be accompanied with the appropriate fee. The permit will be renewed and reissued within five (5) business days of receipt of the application valid for a five year period from the date of expiration of the initial permit.
  • A current photograph will be required with the renewal application.
  • A permit holder letting an initial permit expire without applying for a renewal will be required to apply for another initial permit and meet all of the requirements for an initial permit.

NE Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Permit to carry a concealed handgun$100.00$50.00$125.00

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Nebraska

AllowedForbidden
State parksPolice, Sheriff, or Nebraska State Patrol station or office
State and national forestsDetention facility, prison, or jail
Road side rest areasCourtroom or building which contains a courtroom
VehiclePolling place during a bona fide election
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenMeeting 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
Financial Institution
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

Nebraska CCW Contact

Nebraska Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Nebraska State Patrol
Investigative Services Center
3800 NW 12th Street
City:Lincoln, NE 68521
Phone:(402) 479-4971
(402) 471-4545

CCW Licensing Offices in Nebraska

Omaha - Troop A

Office Address
4411 South 108th Street Omaha, NE 68137

Phone
(402) 331-3333

Show on Map

Norfolk - Troop B

Office Address
1401 W Eisenhower Avenue Norfolk, NE 68701

Phone
(402) 370-3456

Show on Map

Grand Island - Troop C

Office Address
3431 Old Potash Highway Grand Island, NE 68801

Phone
(308) 385-6000

Show on Map

North Platte - Troop D

Office Address
300 West South River Road North Platte, NE 69103

Phone
(308) 535-6604

Show on Map

Scottsbluff - Troop E

Office Address
4500 Avenue I Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone
(308) 632-1211

Show on Map

Lincoln - Troop HQ

Office Address
Investigative Services Center 3800 NW 12th Street Lincoln, NE 68521

Phone
(402) 479-4971

Show on Map

Reference Links

Counties in Nebraska