Buying a Gun in Nebraska

Handguns

To buy a handgun in Nebraska, a buyer needs to get a purchase permit from the state. The state runs background check in NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System), then issues a permit that allows the holder to buy a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) or a private seller for three years.

Long Guns

The rules for buying a long gun in Nebraska, including semi-automatic rifles such as AK-47s and AR-15s, depend on who is selling. If the seller is a FFL, the buyer must present a purchase permit, certifying that he or she has passed a background check. However, if the seller is a private citizen, such as someone selling an AK-47 in a local Nebraska Facebook group (yes, these are permitted by Facebook!), no background check or purchase permit is required. This is the so-called “gun show loophole”: a person can legally buy a rifle from a private seller, including many vendors at gun shows, without having passed a background check. We at Nebraskans Against Gun Violence think we need to close this loophole and require a purchase permit for all gun sales.