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Nebraska Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/02/2019
Carry allowed with my Nebraska permit?
Yes
Yes, With Restrictions
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Nebraska Gun Laws

Nebraska is a shall-issue state. Permits are issued at the state level by the State Patrol Department. 

A handgun certificate or a concealed carry permit is required for any purchase of a handgun, even private sales. The city of Omaha requires handgun registration, although concealed handgun permit holders are exempt. 

Open carry is legal in Nebraska but may be restricted by local governments. The minimum age is 18 years old. For open carry in a vehicle, the firearm must be clearly visible. Some areas are off-limits, including schools. The city of Omaha requires individuals to possess a concealed carry permit to openly carry within the city.

Concealed carry is legal with a Nebraska Concealed handgun permit (CHP) or a license/permit from a state Nebraska honors. The minimum age to obtain a CHP is 21 years old. Applicants must also complete a firearms training course. Permits are restricted to residents and military personnel and their spouses stationed in Nebraska. The city of Lincoln prohibits the possession of a firearm by anyone who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors within the last 10 years, including stalking, violation of an order of protection, sexual assault and public indecency. In terms of reciprocity, Nebraska will recognize permits issued by those states which have standards equal to or greater than Nebraska.

Nebraska is a Castle Doctrine state. There is no duty to retreat while in a person's dwelling or workplace.  Present law requires citizens, if outside their home, vehicle or outbuilding, to retreat before protecting themselves or family against violent intruders. 

62k
Permits Issued
1.9M
State Population
3.2%
Permit Percentage
38
States Honored
34
Reciprocating States
21
Minimum Age to CC

Nebraska Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Nebraska allow constitutional carry?

No.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Nebraska?

Yes, without a permit. However, state preemption allows local governments to regulate the open carrying of firearms. In the city of Omaha, a concealed carry permit is required.  

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Nebraska requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Nebraska to get a concealed carry permit?

21

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Nebraska with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Nebraska issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Only to military personnel and their spouses, who are treated as residents.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Nebraska allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Nebraska?

You can carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a permit if it is in plain sight. Some cities have ordinances on carrying firearms in a vehicle without a permit. [Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441(3)

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Nebraska?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Nebraska?

Yes, unless posted.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Nebraska?

Yes, but not in the bar area, and provided you consume no alcohol. [Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Nebraska have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Nebraska law allows a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle even in the parking area of a location where concealed handgun possession is generally prohibited. The only requirement is that, prior to exiting the vehicle, the permit holder must lock the handgun inside the glove box, trunk or other compartment of the vehicle, or a storage box securely attached to the vehicle.

[Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441(3)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Nebraska?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Nebraska have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Nebraska have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Nebraska? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. Per Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441. Any place or premises open to the public must post conspicuous notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited in or on the place or premises, or make a request that the permitholder remove the concealed handgun from the place or premises.

§ 69-2443. A permitholder who violates § 69-2441 is guilty of a Class III misdemeanor for the first violation and a Class I misdemeanor for any second or subsequent violation.

A permitholder convicted of a violation of section 69-2441 that occurred on property owned by the state or any political subdivision of the state may also have his or her permit revoked. A permitholder convicted of a violation of section 69-2441 that did not occur on property owned by the state or any political subdivision of the state shall not have his or her permit revoked for a first offense but may have his or her permit revoked for any second or subsequent offense.

[Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441]
Preemption?

Does Nebraska have [preemption laws](https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/terminology/firearms-and-ammunition/preemption) related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes & No. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except cities of the second class (populations of 800 - 5,000) and villages may:

  • Regulate the discharge of firearms; and
  • Regulate, prevent, and punish the carrying of concealed weapons” consistent with the Concealed Handgun Permit Act.

[Neb. Rev. Stat. § 17-556]

[Neb. Rev. Stat. § 18-1703]
Red Flag Law?

Does Nebraska have a red flag law?

No.


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
All persons ... have certain ... rights, among these are ... the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use and all other lawful purposes, and such rights shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof."
Article 1, Section 1

Nebraska Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Nebraska honor?

California (at least 21 years old)
Florida (handguns only)
Iowa (Non-professional permits only)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (Class 1 permits only)
South Dakota (Enhanced permits only)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (§ 61-7-4 [not provisional] CHLs only)

Nebraska will recognize CHP permits issued by those states which the Nebraska Attorney General has determined have standards equal to or greater than Nebraska.
 


Other States' Reciprocity With Nebraska

Which states honor permits from Nebraska?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Nebraska

Which states honor permits from Nebraska with restrictions?

Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have resided in Nebraska for previous 180 days or be a new resident to Nebraska with a permit from a state that is recognized by Nebraska; or
  • Be a member of the military permanently stationed in Nebraska or their spouse;
  • Pass an approved firearms training course;
  • Complete a vision test;
  • Not be on parole, probation, house arrest, or work release;
  • Not have pled guilty or no contest to, or not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have pled guilty or no contest to, or not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence within the immediately preceding 10 years;
  • Not have been found in the previous 10 years to be a mentally ill and dangerous person and not be currently adjudged mentally incompetent;
  • Never have had a conviction for violation of any law relating to firearms, unlawful use of a weapon or controlled substances in the past 10 years; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial Permit  $100

Renewals  $50 (plus $4.50 for online renewals)

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

5 days

Application:

Link to application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Nebraska doesn’t issue permits to non-residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Permit holders who change name or address are required to notify the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Concealed Handgun Permit Program within 30 days of the change in name or address using the application form prescribed by the Nebraska State Patrol. The application form should be accompanied with a copy of the applicant’s updated Nebraska driver’s license and current concealed handgun permit. A change of name or address request can also be completed online.

A permit holder moving to another state shall return the permit to the NSP Concealed Handgun Permit Program for cancellation. The permit is not valid if the permit holder is no longer a resident of Nebraska.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You must notify NSP within 10 days and request a replacement permit. The request can be made online. You must not carry a concealed handgun until the permit is replaced, as the law requires you to have the permit in your possession at any time you carry a concealed handgun. 


Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

If you don’t have a driver's license, download the vision statement form from the State Patrol website, schedule a vision test and provide the form for completion by your optometrist or opthamologist. A driver’s license proves your vision was tested and passed.

Step 2:

Complete a firearms training course.

Step 3:

Download the application or pick one up from State Patrol headquarters. Complete the form and have it notarized.

Step 4:

Take the notarized application to your nearest State Patrol headquarters along with the following:

  • Proof of firearms training;
  • Proof of vision – driver’s license or completed vision statement;
  • Proof of citizenship – birth certificate or passport; and
  • Proof of address – driver's license or Nebraska ID card.

You will be fingerprinted and your signature and photo taken.

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Nebraska

A concealed handgun permit applicant must complete a handgun training and safety course within the 3 years preceding the issuance of a permit.The Nebraska State Patrol certifies instructors and the curriculum must include:

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Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Current permit holders may renew a permit to carry a concealed handgun within the four months prior to expiration of the initial permit at any Nebraska State Patrol Troop Headquarters. 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. 

Step 2:

Download the application or pick one up from State Patrol headquarters. Complete the form and have it notarized.

Step 3:

The application must be accompanied with the appropriate fee, copy of current driver’s license and current concealed handgun permit. 

Step 4:

The permit will be renewed and reissued within five working days of receipt of the application valid for a five year period from the date of expiration of the initial permit. 


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Neb. Admin. Code Title 79, Ch. 11 sets firearms certification standards. The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC) qualifies retired officers. Retired officers can make an appointment with the lead firearms instructor to shoot the course at NLETC. They can also shoot the qualification course under the supervision of any Nebraska Firearms Instructor at another agency range with the permission of the firearms instructor’s agency.

Retired Officer Firearms Qualification application


Nebraska Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Nebraska?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless it is posted and provided you do not consume alcohol.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes, unless posted.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Nebraska?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Building, grounds, vehicle or sponsored activity or athletic event of any elementary, vocational or secondary school, or postsecondary career school, college or university;
  • Police, sheriff or Nebraska State Patrol station or office;
  • Detention facility, prison or jail;
  • Courtroom or building which contains a courtroom;
  • Polling place during a bona fide election;
  • 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;
  • Financial institution;
  • Professional, semi-professional or collegiate athletic event;
  • 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;
  • Game refuges, State Wild Game Preserves;
  • A place or premises where the person, entity or employer in control has prohibited permit holders from carrying concealed handguns; 
  • Employer-owned vehicles in which the owner has prohibited permit holders from carrying concealed handguns; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441(1)(a)


FAQ: Nebraska Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Nebraska?

The 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.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Nebraska?

Yes. A handgun certificate or a concealed carry permit is required for the purchase of a handgun. The Lancaster County Sheriff will not issue a Nebraska permit to purchase a handgun if the applicant is a Lincoln resident and is prohibited by Lincoln Municipal Code 9.36.100 from possessing firearms.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Nebraska?

Yes. A person acquiring a handgun must have either a handgun certificate or a concealed handgun permit and has therefore been subject to a background check.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Nebraska?

No.

What are the knife laws in Nebraska?

It is legal to open carry any type of knife in Nebraska. Concealed carry of any knife capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing or tearing wounds is illegal.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in NE?

Not while consuming or while the permitholder has remaining in his or her blood, urine, or breath any previously consumed alcohol or any controlled substance, per Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2441(5)
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Nebraska Gun Laws


Nebraska Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/02/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/19/2019

Links checked

03/29/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

03/13/2019

Clarified preemption info in At A Glance table (thanks Patricia!)

02/20/2019

Added info and link to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Added church info and statutory reference to location restrictions section

01/25/2019

Updated supporting link

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

01/07/2019

Added WV reciprocity details

12/13/2018

Added preemption to At A Glance table

11/30/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

11/26/2018

Added links

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Nebraska


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