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Nebraska has a shall-issue policy for concealed carry permit permits, and the State Patrol Department is in charge of this.
Also, without a Nebraska CCW permit or a purchase permit issued by the local county office, you cannot buy a firearm.
You can conceal carry in the state with a resident permit, or a permit from other states that have reciprocity with Nebraska.
Other things you should know before you conceal carry in the state are the CCW permit requirements, location restrictions, how to apply for a permit, etc.
To conceal carry in Nebraska, you need Concealed Handgun Permit, CHP, that serves as the state's CCW permit.
The state issues residents and non-residents permits. However, the non-resident permit is only for members of the military posted to the state and their spouse.
You must be at least twenty-one years old before you can make a Nebraska concealed carry permit application.
You must also complete an approved firearm training.
Municipalities and Counties in the state are permitted to adopt several gun laws.
For example, in Lincoln City, you cannot possess a firearm for ten years if convicted of crimes that have to do with violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Nebraska has reciprocity with states that enact the same or more significant gun laws. If you are a resident of any of these states, Nebraska will honor your CCW permit.
Other aspects of Nebraska CCW permit include the following:
You must be familiar with the gun laws of states that you want to visit. This will keep you safe from concealed carry charges.
Nebraska gun laws define some places as off-limit, and you cannot conceal carry in these places even with a CCW permit.
Some of these places have signage that prohibits the possession of a firearm while others have places where you can keep your guns until you finish with your business in the building.
You are not restricted by gun laws of the state to conceal carry in the following places.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act allows active, out of service and retired officers in the United States to conceal carry in any jurisdiction without limitation from state and municipality laws.
This means that officers of the law who have passed the LEOSA program are allowed to conceal carry without any location restrictions in America.
In Nebraska, the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center oversees the qualification of retired officers in the state.
After fixing an appointment with an NLETC training instructor, a retired officer will undergo the course under supervision.
Only those you pass this training course will be allowed to conceal carry in Nebraska.
There are a lot of things you need to know before buying, selling, transferring, and transportation of firearms within the state.
There are also some requirements stated by the laws of the state that you must meet.
A purchasing permit is required before you buy a firearm in Nebraska.
Also, some counties have limitations for issuing a purchase permit.
An example is Lancaster county where you must be a resident of the county before applying for a CCW permit there.
If you have a Nebraska CCW permit, then you may not have to apply for a purchase permit before buying a firearm in the state.
A background check is necessary before completing the sale of a firearm in Nebraska.
You need either a CCW permit or a purchase permit, and before you can get the permit, you must have undergone a background check.
However, you do not need a background check to transfer firearms within your family, either nuclear or extended, as long as the transferor is a holder of any of the permits.
There is no required waiting period to complete the sales of firearms in Nebraska.
Unlike states that keep a record of handgun registration, or others that require reporting the sales of firearms within the state, Nebraska does not need any of this to complete handgun sales.
You must be at least eighteen years old before buying, selling, or transporting a firearm in Nebraska.
But this age limit does not apply to the loan of a firearm for training under a certified instructor, parents, or guardians.
You do not require a permit to use a firearm in your home of residence for self-defense and protection of properties and family members.
Before you can buy, sell, rent, or receive a firearm in Nebraska, you must have a purchase permit.
This is regardless of if you are buying from a private seller or someone that has a federal license.
You do not need a purchasing permit in the following circumstances.
You can only apply for a purchase permit through the officer of your local Sheriff, and the license is valid for three years.
Within this period, you can use the purchase permit to buy various firearms. The processing period for a purchase permit is three days.
The documents you need to apply for Nebraska purchase permits include the following:
Note that you must be at least twenty-one years old before you can apply for a purchase permit in the state.
Nebraska has a castle doctrine law with no duty to retreat policy.
This law justifies the use of a deadly force as long as it is necessary for self-defense against death, bodily harm, and other felony cases like kidnap, rape, and armed robbery.
However, to justify castle doctrine in Nebraska, you must not be the provoker of an attack, and such an attack must take place in your personal space.
Personal space can be your home of residence or your business place, as long as you are obliged to protect such a place.
If you are under an attack outside your home, in a vehicle or outbuildings, you should retreat before protecting yourself, your possession, or a member of your family.
You must meet all Nebraska concealed carry permit requirements before you apply for the CCW permit.
The requirements include the following:
If you meet all state requirements, the next step is to apply for a CCW permit.
The application process includes the following:
If you have a driver’s license, that means that at some point, you have passed a vision test, so you will not need to retake one.
If you do not have a driver's license, download the form that contains a vision statement on the Nebraska patrol website.
Then keep an appointment with your optometrist to take the test.
This test is an essential requirement for Nebraska CCW permits.
Enroll for a Nebraska concealed carry permit class that is organized by a state-certified instructor.
You can either download the application form from the state patrol website or visit the office to pick it up.
Make sure you have it notarized before submission.
Take your completed, notarized application with you to the state patrol headquarter. Other documents you will provide include the following:
You will get a mail to notify you of your application approval.
You must complete a firearm course three years before applying for a Nebraska CCW permit.
The course curriculum must cover the following:
Here are some frequently asked questions about CCW permits in Nebraska.
CCW permits are valid for five years in Nebraska.
Initial permits cost one hundred dollars, while renewal applications cost fifty dollars.
The processing time for the CCW permit in Nebraska is five days.
CCW permits are only issued to residents of the state, members of the military posted to Nebraska, and their spouses.