Frequently Asked Questions
I get many repeat questions during classes as well as some very interesting unique questions that deserve an answer. If I cannot answer the question immediately during class I typically do some research and find the answer and then get back with the student. I would like to dedicate this section to some of those questions to share the information i have found with others. Many of the common questions have already been addressed on the Nebraska State Patrol's website in their FAQ section, but I will try and get their answers to the questions I hear on this page as well. I am not an attorney so it is recommended that you consult an attorney before carrying a handgun for self defense.
Will the Nebraska Concealed Handgun Training Course be recognized as training for other states?
Every state has slightly different requirements, but many do accept a firearms course taught by a certified NRA instructor as sufficient training for their state. Our course would satisfy the training requirements for Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Florida, Arizona, and several others.
How do I carry a handgun through the State of Illinois?
"Out of state residents are granted a limited exception to lawfully carry a concealed firearm within a vehicle if they are eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of their state or territory of residence and are not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law. This rule became effective immediately."
- Illinois law now contains increased protection for those who are traveling with firearms, since the preemption of local firearms ordinances applies to all individuals with a valid FOID card who are transporting firearms in compliance with all state regulations. A personal vehicle is also a safe haven for transport of firearms by non-Illinois residents not otherwise prohibited from possession.
Storage: In addition to the safe harbor found in one's vehicle, licensees who wish to store their firearm in the trunk of their vehicle while visiting an otherwise prohibited location may exit their vehicle while in the parking lot in possession of the firearm for the purposes of storing it in the trunk. They may also store the firearm in the passenger compartment of their vehicle in some sort of container as long as either the vehicle or container is locked and the firearm remains out of plain view.
DOES MY CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT ALLOW ME TO CONCEAL A LARGE KNIFE SUCH AS A BOWIE KNIFE?
No, the permit actually says "Concealed Handgun Permit" on it.
Can I carry in church?
Places of worship are considered prohibited places in the State of Nebraska unless you are a member of the church security team. For more information about church security please go to our Church Security page
Can I carry at a meeting at my church if it is not related to a worship service?
Although it was not defined in the statute, the floor debate in the Legislature indicates that the term "place of worship" is to be broadly construed to include a church, synagogue, mosque or other primary place of worship and is also intended to include classrooms, social halls, reading rooms, fellowship rooms, atriums, libraries, bride's rooms, music rooms, parish hall, and other buildings on the campus of a church complex. Under certain circumstances, places of worship may authorize security guards to carry concealed handguns (see section 018 in the regulations or section 69-2441 in the statutes).
If I use a revolver to qualify in the Nebraska CCW class can I carry a semi-automatic firearm?
Yes, Nebraska does not require you to carry only the type of gun you used to qualify.
CAN I SHOOT AT SOMEONE IN MY YARD JUST TO SCARE THEM OFF?
Most cities have a law against discharging a firearm in the city limits. You are also subjecting yourself to a number of civil and criminal liabilities when you use a gun as a means to scare someone who is not endangering your life or causing you to fear serious bodily injury, rape or kidnapping.
DO I HAVE TO TELL AN OFFICER I HAVE A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT IF I AM NOT CARRYING?
No, but it is a good idea to go ahead and tell them you are a permit holder who is not currently carrying so there aren't any surprises when they run your license.
AM I REQUIRED TO GET A HANDGUN PURCHASE PERMIT ONCE I HAVE A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT?
BATFE officially acknowledged that the Nebraska Concealed Carry background check is sufficient to serve as a purchase permit, but every dealer has the right to require whatever they want. Some do not want to take any chances with the new rules when the old once have kept them out of trouble for years.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY PERMIT ONCE I TURN IN THE APPLICATION?
The original statute says they will have it back to you within 45 days of getting your background check back from the FBI, and most people are getting them in 3-4 weeks.
DO I HAVE TO TELL AN OFFICER I AM CARRYING WHEN I TRAVEL THROUGH OTHER STATES?
Every state has their own rules so make sure you do your research before traveling. The links on our reciprocity page are great resources for finding information like this.
CAN MY 16-YEAR-OLD CARRY A SHOTGUN IN THEIR VEHICLE WITHOUT AN ADULT?
Yes, as long as they can legally possess a shotgun and it is not loaded. A rifle may be transported while it is loaded, but a shotgun must be unloaded to transport.
IF I HAVE A VIOLENT CRIME MISDEMEANOR ON MY RECORD CAN I STILL GET A CONCEALED CARRY?
The revisions to the concealed carry laws have allowed violent misdemeanors to roll off after 10 years. Be aware that anything referring to domestic violence makes it a federal offense to own a firearm. The only way around this is to have it expunged from your record through legal channels.
DO I NEED A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT TO CARRY CONCEALED ON MY OWN PROPERTY?
No. The laws are intended to regulate how you carry when in public or on the private property of someone else.
IS SEXUAL ASSAULT THE SAME THING AS RAPE?
Not exactly. Sexual assault encompasses a broader scope of behavior. Groping can be defined as sexual assault, but without intercourse it is not rape. The statute says deadly force can only be used to protect from death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, and rape. The exact wording can be read on the LAWS page.
To whom can I sell my handgun?
Persons wishing to obtain handguns through private sellers (non-firearms dealers) must obtain either a handgun certificate or a concealed handgun permit and are therefore subject to a background check.
- The transferee is a licensed firearms dealer under federal law;
- The handgun is an antique;
- The transferee is authorized to do so on behalf of a law enforcement agency;
- The transfer is temporary and the transferee remains: (a) in the line of sight of the transferor; or (b) within the premises of an established shooting facility; or
- The transfer is between a person and his or her spouse, sibling, parent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or grandparent.
Transfers of rifles and shotguns by private sellers are not subject to background checks in Nebraska, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions still apply.
Nebraska expressly authorizes Nebraska residents not otherwise precluded by applicable laws to purchase, sell, trade, convey, deliver, or transport rifles, shotguns, ammunition, reloading components or firearm accessories in Nebraska and states contiguous to Nebraska.
Do I need to register my handgun?
Nebraska has no law requiring the registration of firearms.
In 2010, Nebraska passed a law depriving cities and villages of the power to require registration of a concealed handgun owned, possessed, or transported by a concealed handgun permit holder. Any existing city or village ordinance, permit, or regulation requiring the registration of a concealed handgun owned, possessed, or transported by a permit holder was declared to be null and void as against any permit holder. The Nebraska Attorney General has issued an opinion confirming that this law renders null and void Omaha’s registration requirement as it applied to concealed handgun permit holders.
Do I need to retain records of my handgun sale?
Nebraska has no laws requiring the retention of sales or background check records by firearm sellers, or the reporting of sales of firearms to a state or local agency. In fact, Nebraska law provides that any records which are created by the Nebraska State Patrol ("NSP") to conduct the criminal history record check pertaining to a potential buyer or transferee who is not legally prohibited from receipt or transfer of a handgun are confidential and may not be disclosed to any person.
NSP is required by law to destroy any relevant records as soon as possible after approving the transfer, and must destroy such records within 48 hours after the dealer’s request.NSP may only maintain a log of dates of requests for criminal history record checks and unique approval numbers corresponding to such dates for one year.
These provisions do not allow the state to maintain records containing the names of licensees who receive unique approval numbers or to maintain records of handgun transactions or the names of persons not prohibited by law from the receipt or possession of handguns.
Are shoot-through Holsters legal in Nebraska?
I am not a lawyer, but from the research I have done the shoot-through holsters that are being marketed could easily be considered a "wallet holster" by the BATFE definitions which is technically an "AOW" or "Any Other Weapon." Some would argue that the designs that allow the slide to be exposed are exempt from this federal regulation. You should probably talk to a lawyer about this before using one. Another consideration is the unsafe "feature" of not having the trigger covered. This is asking for an accidental discharge.
Should I get a Utah Non-Resident Permit as well?
A few years back Nebraska's concealed carry permit was not recognized in nearly as many states as it is now so it was very advantageous for a traveler to get the Utah permit. Now there are 5 states that recognize Utah Non-Resident permits but do not recognize the Nebraska Concealed Carry permit (MN, WA, PA, GA, DE). Your Nebraska Concealed Handgun Training Certificate qualifies you for the Arizona and Florida Non-Resident Permit which will add Delaware, and Georgia to your options. Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Washington no longer recognize the Arizona non-resident permit or the Florida non-resident permit.
Do I have to register my handgun if I live in Lincoln?
From the Lincoln Website:
"Any person, firm, association, or corporation dealing in firearms of any type shall, on the same day of the sale of any firearm, except a shotgun or a rifle of a type commonly used for hunting, report the sale to the Police Department on forms as prescribed and furnished by the Police Department. The report shall contain all the information requested thereon.
You can contact the Lincoln Police Department at 441-7204 to discuss voluntary registration of your personal firearms.
DO NOT bring your firearm to the Lincoln Police Department. If your registered weapon is stolen the Police Department would then have the serial number, model number, and brand name on file."
How often should I unload my magazine?
Modern firearms do not suffer from weakening of springs from compression so it is not important to relax the spring to prevent weakening. Here is a great article on the subject.
When initiating the contact with an officer, am I still obligated to immediately inform the officer that I am carrying?
Most officers agree that it is not necessary for you to begin the conversation with a declaration that you are carrying if you initiated the contact. Since you aren't likely the one they will be concerned with once the conversation is over, there is not much need for them to know. It is always best to error on the side of safety and declaring would be the safe approach. There is still a broad range of opinions about CCW holders among officers, but most are very comfortable with law abiding citizens being armed.
Can I take a firearm training course if I am not a US citizen?
No. According to the International Traffic in Arms rules and regs we are forbidden to provide any training to anyone who is not a US citizen.
"ITAR §120.9 Defense Services
◦ Furnishing of assistance, including training, in the
design, development, engineering, manufacture,
production, assembly, testing, repair, maintenance,
modification, operation, demilitarization, destruction,
processing or use of defense articles."
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