How to Sell a Gun in Nebraska: A Comprehensive Guide

Selling a gun in Nebraska can be a difficult task. It requires knowledge of the state’s firearm laws to ensure gun owners are in compliance and don’t make any mistakes. The state of Nebraska has several laws concerning the ownership, transfer, and the carrying of firearms. If you’re considering selling a gun to another individual, make sure you’re up to speed with the laws that regulate transfers to ensure you’re not breaking any laws.

The following information is compiled from the Nebraska State Legislature’s official website.

What Selling Options do Gun Owners Have in Nebraska?

There are a few ways gun owners can sell a firearm in a legal transaction:

  • Gun owners can sell their firearm to a local dealer. This is a good way to help ensure gun owners are complying with gun laws in Nebraska for firearm sales. However, sellers may be leaving money on the table by selling for much less than the gun’s actual market value.
  • Gun owners can sell a firearm through a private transaction. However, with some exceptions, an individual cannot purchase, lease, rent, or receive/transfer of a handgun without a Nebraska firearm purchase certificate, including purchases from private sellers. Private sellers are not exempt from laws prohibiting knowingly selling a firearm to prohibited persons. Here is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives guidance on the transfer of a firearm by private sellers.
  • Another option if simply wanting to legally dispose of a firearm is surrendering it to local law enforcement. However, by doing this, gun owners potentially lose on hundreds or even thousands of dollars those guns could be worth in a sale.
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What is the Process of Buying a Firearm from a Dealer in Nebraska?

To purchase handguns in Nebraska, an individual first must apply, either in person or by mail, for a Nebraska firearm purchase certificate at the designated law enforcement agency in his or her county of residence. A 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.

Handgun certificates are good for three years from the date of issuance and allow the holder to purchase any number of handguns during this period, provided the holder continues to meet the legal requirements to purchase and possess handguns.

Although originally devised to conduct the sale of handguns, the certificate is acceptable proof to purchase rifles or shotguns, but is not required for these purchases. In such cases, the firearms dealer must request a NICS background check at the point of sale.

Anyone purchasing a firearm from a dealer must, under the permanent provisions of the Federal Brady Law, also undergo a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check, which will be performed by the firearms dealer.

This check will indicate to the dealer whether the purchaser’s background allows for the person to complete the purchase of the firearm. If the check disallows the sale for no warranted reason, there is an appeal process the purchaser can pursue to receive the necessary clearance to complete the purchase.

Nebraska Firearm Ownership Restrictions

In order to purchase a firearm legally, the buyer must be 18 years old to purchase rifles, shotguns and ammunition. Buyers looking to purchase handguns must be at least 21 years old.

The following disqualifies a person in Nebraska from purchasing a firearm.

• Conviction (felony or misdemeanor) where the crime has a maximum imprisonment term exceeding 1 year (even if a buyer did not receive actual imprisonment exceeding 1 year).
• Warrant (felony or out-of-state misdemeanor).
• Felony pre-trial release.
• Misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence restraining/stalking/protection order mental health adjudication or commitment.
• Unlawful use or addicted to a controlled substance (including marijuana).
• Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
• Renounced U.S. citizenship.
• Illegal alien.

NEBRASKA SPECIFIC DISQUALIFIERS (in addition to the above federal disqualifiers)

• Providing false information on the application for a purchase certificate. It is a Class IV felony and violating any provisions of the handgun certificate process are Class I misdemeanors. Convictions of either offense can result in having firearms confiscated.
• Making a materially false oral or written statement or furnishing false identification by any person in connection with a handgun purchase or attempted purchase. Doing so is a Class I misdemeanor.
• Buying a firearm for a person known to be prohibited by law from buying or possessing a handgun. Doing so is a Class IV felony.

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If the hassle of navigating Nebraska’s gun laws seems overwhelming, we’re excited to tell you that there’s a better way!

You can safely, easily and legally sell your handgun or long gun to Dunlap Gun Buyers and be 100% compliant with Nebraska gun laws.

We have a Federal Firearms Licensee, who is licensed by the U.S. Government to help people with selling and transferring of firearms. We take care of the hard part and make the process safe, quick and hassle-free. The reality is, you can sell your gun without leaving the house.

Just tell us which gun(s) you’d like to sell, we’ll make you an offer, and once we agree on a price, you’ll mail us your gun(s) with all expenses paid by us. When we receive your gun(s), we get you paid with a check in your hand within a few days.

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