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Like all states, Nebraska has its own state laws, aside from the Federal laws, for purchasing or transferring firearms. Nebraska law imposes specific requirements on buying, selling, and carrying handguns, including issuing permits to buy handguns and permits to carry concealed handguns.* Contact ShurShot Sporting for your firearm sales/transfers located at Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club & Kennel near Tekamaha, Nebraska.
Federal Firearms Act of 1938
In 1938, Congress amended the NFA to require gun manufacturers, importers, and dealers to be licensed and required licensees to maintain customer records. The term “federal firearm licensee” (FFL) is used today to refer to gun dealers who must abide by the federal law’s requirements. The act prohibited gun sales to convicted felons and persons under indictment for violent crime, as well as persons who could not buy firearms because of state law, but did not create any framework for how dealers were to get this information other than the relying on the “honor system” of the buyer.
Can Nebraskans buy a handgun from firearms dealers in other states?
Not without going through a Nebraska gun dealer. Federal law prohibits federally licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to persons who do not reside in the state where the firearms dealer’s licensed premises is located. However, the out-of-state dealer can ship the handgun to a dealer whose premises is licensed within the state of the buyer. The buyer can then take delivery from the home-state dealer. Licensees can sell a rifle or shotgun to individuals who are not residents of their states in an overthe-counter transaction, provided that the sale complies with laws of the states where the dealer is licensed and where the buyer resides.*
Are private sellers required to conduct background checks on handgun buyers in Nebraska?
No. Generally, Nebraska law requires persons to have a handgun purchase certificate before purchasing, leasing, renting, or receiving a handgun and prohibits persons from selling, leasing, renting, or transferring a handgun to persons who do not have a certificate. The background check is required as part of the application for a handgun purchase certificate and that check is conducted by the authorizing law enforcement agency, either the local sheriff’s office or police department. However, private sellers are not exempt from laws prohibiting knowingly selling a firearm to a felon or a juvenile.*
Can individuals send firearms across state lines?
Shipping firearms across state lines must be done by a federal firearms licensee to a federal firearms licensee in the receiving state, with some exceptions. Individuals can ship firearms from their home state to themselves in the care of another individual in another state to engage in lawful activity, such as hunting. Another exception is shipping inherited firearms under the terms of a will. Handguns must be shipped by common or contract carrier because they cannot legally be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service.*
According to Neb. Rev. Stat. sec. 28-1204.01, A person who sells, provides, loans, delivers, or in any other way transfers a firearm to a person under 18 commits a Class III felony. The law provides for exceptions to this prohibition for (1) persons who are related to the juvenile and have permission from the parents, (2) a legitimate and lawful sporting purpose, or (3) an appropriate educational program under direct adult supervision when the firearm is a rifle or shotgun.*
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*Information obtained from “Firearm Laws in Nebraska”