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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Nebraska gun laws define the state as “Shall Issue”. Permits are restricted to residents only and issued at the state level by the State Patrol Department. Exemptions are given to military personnel posted in Nebraska, they are treated as residents. Applicants must be 21 or older and complete a firearms training course. The application form must be notarized.

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Nebraska CCW permit recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota,Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia

Iowa – Nebraska will only honor the Non-professional permit
North Dakota – Nebraska will only honor the Class 1 permit.
South Dakota – Nebraska will only honor the Enhanced permit.

Nebraska CCW Permit

Nebraska is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Resident of Nebraska for last 180 days.
  • Pass an approved firearms training course.
  • Complete a vision test.
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • Have never had a conviction for violation of any law relating to firearms, unlawful use of a weapon, or controlled substances in Nebraska or any other jurisdiction in the past ten (10) years.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

Off Limit Areas

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Police, Sheriff, or Nebraska State Patrol station or office
  • Detention facility, prison, or jail
  • Courtroom or building which contains a courtroom
  • Polling place during a bona fide election
  • Meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or other political subdivision
  • Meeting of the Legislature or a Committee of the Legislature
  • Financial Institution
  • Professional or semiprofessional athletic event
  • Building, grounds, vehicle, or sponsored activity or athletic event of any public, private, denominational, or parochial elementary, vocational, or secondary school, a private post secondary career school, a community college, or a public or private college, junior college, or university
  • Place of worship
  • Hospital, emergency room, or trauma center
  • Political rally or fundraiser
  • Establishment having a license issued under the Nebraska Liquor Control Act that derives over one half of its total income from the sale of alcoholic liquor
  • Place where the possession or carrying of a firearm is prohibited by state or federal law
  • A place or premises where the person, persons, entity, or entities in control of the property or employer in control of the property has prohibited permit holders from carrying concealed handguns into or onto the place or premises
  • Into or onto any other place or premises where handguns are prohibited by state law
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Nebraska Gun Laws

Nebraska Contacts

Nebraska State Patrol


Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 1600 Highway 2

CityLincoln, NE 68502

Phone 402-471-4545



  1. I took the class a year and a half ago, but due to covid and other circumstances I didn’t get the fingerprints done by the state patrol right away. Is it still possible to apply for the conceal carry even though I took the class in 2019?

  2. So, I can open carry w/o a permit, but can’t conceal carry unless I have a permit?
    I may be transfered from Indiana to the Omaha/Lincoln area in April

  3. Can I carry a loaded rifle in my vehicle, in my gun rack?

    1. I recall somewhere it stated that you cannot carry a loaded shotgun in a vehicle, but nothing about a rifle.

      1. I do believe that the Law Enforcement Officers go buy the shotgun law for rifles and open carry handguns in a vehicle.

    2. open carry in vehicle, in full view, yes according to this article . check with state hp to be sure .

  4. Can business owners legally carry a gun for security and transportation of money.

  5. Are you able to legally carry extra rounds/magazine for your handgun when you open carry?

  6. I had a felony bad check charge about 20 years ago is there any way I can get a permit to own or have a gun I have a clean record since and I am ex military

    1. Once your CHP expires you must start the process over. You must retake a certified class and reapply just as you did the first time

  7. Why can a Nebraska ccw carry in Mississippi but a Mississippi ccw can not carry in Nebraska

    1. Greater requirements to qualify for a Nebraska ccw then in Mississippi

  8. What type of misdemeanors won’t allow you to get a hand gun permit. All of them or just domestic violence. If so is there a period of years after the crime you can apply and pass.

    1. There are no listed prohibitions against this; however, you must make a law enforcement officer aware of this immediately upon interaction with them.

  9. May a nonresident have a pistol clearly visible in their vehicle when traveling through Nebraska?

    1. As I understand it, yes, as long as you make that known immediately upon any contact with law enforcement. It cannot be concealed in a glovebox, carry case, or vehicle’s trunk if it is loaded, even if you have a concealed weapons permit honored in Nebraska.

  10. If I move from Kansas where I have a concealed carry permit, does it transfer to Nebraska or do I have to take the class over again?

    1. Author

      In most cases if a person moves to another state their CCW permit becomes invalid after a certain period. So you will probably need to apply for a new permit in Nebraska.

    2. No, it does not. My permit did not transfer when I moved to Nebraska, and my former state had much more rigorous criteria. Since open carry is allowed, concealed carry permit is of dubious merit here; it affords you no additional protections, and is not recognized in several states.

  11. Ok if I am traveling say from Nebraska to Tennessee and I drive through Illinois. And I am carrying concealed in a vehicle am I illegal?

    1. There is another separate law for Non-Residents
      A non-resident may transport a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle if they have a valid CCW permit in their home state. They cannot under any circumstances remove the firearm from the vehicle. If they need to exit the vehicle they must lock it or place the firearm in a locked container.

    2. Illinois passed an addendum that you can carry concealed in your car if you’re permitted from your home state if you’re passing through the state. If you stop, you must disarm, lock it up, and store the ammo separately.

    1. Law says they must process the application within 5 days not that it is approved within 5 days. Law states it will be approved or denied in 45 days and then add in processing and mailing time. So could be as much as 60 days depending on how long the NICS check takes.


      Bottom of page 8:
      “(b) Beginning January 1, 2010, the permit to carry a concealed
      handgun shall be issued by the Nebraska State Patrol within forty-five days
      after the date an application for the permit has been made by the applicant if
      the applicant has complied with this section and has met all the requirements
      of section 69-2433.”

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