Child Access Prevention
Nebraska has no law that imposes a penalty on someone who fails to secure an unattended firearm and leaves it accessible to an unsupervised minor.
Nebraska does prohibit any person from knowingly and intentionally transferring or attempting to transfer the possession of a firearm to a juvenile (a person under age 18).1
However, this section does not apply to the transfer of a rifle or shotgun:
- From a person related to the juvenile within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity if express permission has been obtained from the juvenile’s parent or guardian prior to transfer;
- For a legitimate and lawful sporting purpose; or
- To a juvenile who is under direct adult supervision in an appropriate educational program.2
This section also does not apply to the temporary loan of handguns for instruction under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian or adult instructor.3
Firearms dealers are required to distribute to all firearms purchasers information developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services regarding “the dangers of leaving loaded firearms unattended around children.”4
Nebraska has no law that requires unattended firearms to be stored in a certain way.
Nebraska also does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.
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- Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204.01(1). Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1201(3) defines “juvenile” as a person under age 18.
- Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1204.01(2).
- Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 28-1204(2), 28-1204.01(3).
- Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2426(1).