Nebraska has enacted modest gun safety measures, but can do much more to protect its communities from entirely preventable gun deaths.
While Nebraska requires everyone who purchases a handgun to undergo a background check, individuals purchasing long guns from unlicensed sellers are not subject to this requirement. In 2019, Nebraska had the 13th-lowest gun death rate in the country and the 15th-lowest rate of crime gun exports. In addition to expanding its background checks law, Nebraska legislators could pass an extreme risk protection order law and regulate undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).
What Nebraska Does Well
- Partial gun owner licensing
- Domestic violence gun laws
- Community violence intervention funding
- State database background checks for handguns
- Partial local authority to regulate firearms
What Nebraska Is Missing
- Universal background checks for long guns
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Strong concealed carry law
- Open carry regulations
- Child access prevention laws
- Lost & stolen firearm reporting
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