Nebraska residents who wish to purchase, lease or receive a handgun are required to obtain a firearm purchase certificate, according to Nebraska Statute 69-2403.The law applies to both retail and private party transactions, and it prohibits selling, leasing, renting or transferring a handgun to a person who does not possess a handgun certificate.
A certificate is not required if:
The person acquiring the handgun is a licensed firearms dealer.
The handgun is an antique.
The person acquiring the handgun is authorized to do so on behalf of a law enforcement agency.
The transfer is temporary and the transferee remains:
Within the line of sight of the transferor or
Within the premises of an established shooting facility
The transfer is between a person and his or her spouse, sibling, parent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or grandparent.
Where and how to apply in this area
Applicants may apply in person at the law enforcement agency that is in their jurisdiction.For example, residents of the City of Broken Bow may apply at the Broken Bow Police Department. Custer County residents who live outside Broken Bow city limits may apply at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. Applicants must currently be local residents.
To obtain a handgun purchase certificate, you must be at least 21 years of age.
Documents and fee requirements
Current Nebraska operator’s (driver’s) license or a Nebraska state ID card or a Military ID card. The ID card must have your correct legal name. The address on your ID card must be current and match the address on the application. If your only form of ID is a Military ID card, you must also provide two forms of proof of residency (such as a utility bill, vehicle registration, pay stub, etc.) with your current address.
Application fee of $5.00
Applicants born on a U.S. military base outside the U.S. must provide their birth certificate.
Applicants born outside the U.S. must also provide a copy of their citizenship papers, U.S. passport or alien resident card.
Reasons for denial:
Applications will be denied if the applicant:
Fails to answer all questions on the application
Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable
by imprison for a term exceeding 1 year
Is a fugitive from justice
Is an unlawful user of or addicted to anycontrolled
Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been
committed to a mental institution
Is an alien unlawfully in the United States or an alien
admitted to the U.S. under a nonimmigrant visa
Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under
After having been a citizen of the United States, has
renounced his or her citizenship
Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from
harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner or
child of such intimate partner
Has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic
Is under indictment or information (i.e. charges have been
filed in court) for a crime punishable by imprisonment for
a term exceeding 1 year
Renewing your certificate
Certificates are valid statewide for three years from the date they are issued, at which time applicants must reapply for a new certificate. All documentation above is required at this time regardless of whether a certificate has been issued to the applicants in the past.
What to do when you receive your certificate
Upon receipt of your certificate, please inspect the document to make sure that the personal information is correct and that a law officer’s signature appears. In the event of any typographical error or omission, please bring the certificate back to the Police Department within 30 days for any corrections. Notification of any corrections beyond 30 days after issuance will require a new application.