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Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

Nebraska has no law requiring firearms dealers to obtain a state license. However, firearms dealers are subject to state laws governing gun sales generally.

Firearms dealers are required to distribute to gun purchasers information developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services regarding “the dangers of leaving loaded firearms unattended around children.”1

Nebraska law prohibits a firearm dealer from transferring a handgun until the dealer has either conducted a background check on the purchaser or verified that the purchaser has a handgun certificate or a concealed handgun permit. For more information, see the section entitled Background Checks in Nebraska.


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  1. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 69-2426(1).[]