Posted on January 1, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Nebraska ranked 22th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.
In 2013, Nebraska did not enact any new laws regarding firearms.
Among other things, Nebraska:
- Generally allows local jurisdictions to regulate firearms, although local authority has been removed in particular areas; and
- Requires any person buying a handgun from an unlicensed, private person to first obtain a handgun certificate or a concealed handgun permit after a background check.
However, Nebraska does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a long gun between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition; or
- Provide law enforcement with discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
In 2010, Nebraska had the 11th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Nebraska had the 11th lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Nebraska were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 11th lowest rate among the states.
Nebraska Firearms Laws
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