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Firearms Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I register a concealable firearm with OPD?
  2. How do I find Information concerning Permits to carry concealed firearms?
  3. Is a purchase permit the same as the Omaha gun registration or concealed carry permit?
  4. My weapon is in the possession of the Omaha Police Department, how do I get it back?
  5. My firearm has been stolen, what do I need to do? 
  6. I have firearms in my home and do not want them anymore; will the Omaha Police Department dispose of them for me? 
  7. I know someone who is in possession of a firearm and they should not be, what do I do?
  8. I would like to take a firearms training class, does the Omaha Police Department conduct such training for the public?
  9. Is my Iowa (or any other non-Nebraska) CCW permit valid in Nebraska?
  10. I have a CCW permit. Do I have to register my concealable firearm with the Omaha Police Department?
  11. Who is required to register concealable firearms with the City of Omaha/Omaha Police Department?







Answers:

  1.  How do I register a pistol/revolver/concealable firearm with OPD? Visit Registering a Concealable Firearm page

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  2.  How do I find Information concerning Permits to carry concealed firearms? Visit the Nebraska State Patrol website.

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  3.  Is a purchase permit the same as the Omaha concealable firearm registration or concealed carry permit?

    No, all three of these are different and required by different laws.  The purchase permit is issued by the County Sheriffs office in the county where you reside.  This permit allows you to purchase firearms without waiting periods and is good for three years.

    The Omaha Concealable Firearm Registration is required by Omaha Municipal Codes.  The Code requires that all concealable firearms must be registered with the Omaha Police Department.  Visit Registering a Concealable Firearm page  

    Firearms are defined by Omaha Municipal code 20-191 as “any instrument which releases a projectile by means of an explosive charge”.  Concealable firearms are defined as “a firearm having an overall length of less than 26 inches". 

    The concealed carry permit is issued and administered by the Nebraska State Patrol.  See their website for additional information.

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  4.  My weapon is in the possession of the Omaha Police Department, how do I get it back?
    Nebraska State Statute 29-820 and Omaha Municipal Ordinance 25-5 and 25-6 govern property (including firearms) being held by law enforcement.  NSS 29-820 was recently amended by LB 807 which the Governor signed into law on April 18th, 2012.   

    NSS 29-820 (1)(e) states “Firearms, ammunition, explosives, bombs, and like devices which have been used in the commission of a crime shall be destroyed.” 

    NSS 29-820 (1)(f) provides the disposition of all other firearms.  A court order, generally a writ of Replevin, is required prior to Omaha Police releasing a firearm that was confiscated pursuant to NSS 29-440 dealing with Domestic Violence Crimes.  Information packets concerning replevin actions can be obtained from the Douglas County Courts, phone number (402)444-5425, or you may contact a private attorney for assistance.  

    Omaha Police will not release a firearm to anyone whom is prohibited from possessing firearms under United States Code, State Statutes or Omaha City Ordinances.  Ownership of the firearm will have to be transferred to a person whom is not prohibited. 

    Defaced firearms will be destroyed by Omaha Police as per existing laws it is illegal for anyone to possess a defaced firearm. 

    Concealable firearms are required to be registered prior to being released,

    You should start by contacting the Firearms squad at (402)444-4099 for assistance in determining if the firearm is needed as evidence any longer. 

    You may also receive a letter from the Omaha Police Department indicating that the firearm is no longer needed as evidence and you should start the process to retrieve it from the Omaha Police Department.  If the firearm is evidence in any matter, it will not be released until such time that it is no longer needed as evidence.  The investigative unit will determine this and complete a release form which is then sent to the Evidence Property Squad. 

    Once you believe the firearm can be released, you should contact the Evidence Property Squad of the Omaha Police Department at (402)444-5848 to schedule a time to come to the Omaha Police Department Central Headquarters located at 505 S. 15th St to receive your firearm.  Bring a picture ID, any permits and/or registrations that you may have as well as the court order, if it is needed.  Additionally, it is a good idea to bring a gun case suitable for the firearm that you are picking up. 

    Once at the police department, your background will be checked to ensure that you are not a prohibited person and can lawfully possess a firearm.  The firearm will also be checked one last time to ensure that it is not reported stolen or needed for evidentiary reasons.  Lastly, concealable firearms will be checked to ensure that they are properly registered with the Omaha Police Department and if not, you will be required to register them at that time.
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  6. My firearm has been stolen, what do I need to do? 
    It is imperative that you contact the Omaha Police Department and report your firearm as stolen. 

    The Omaha Police Department receives about 900 firearms every year and if you don’t report your firearm as stolen we would not know if we recovered it.  We strongly suggest that you record the Make, Model, and Serial number of all of your possessions but especially your firearms.

    If your firearm has already been stolen and you do not have the serial numbers, you may be able to retrieve the numbers from the person/business that you purchased the firearm from. 

    If your pistol/revolver was registered with the Omaha Police Department, we will have the Make, Model and Serial numbers on file, be sure to advise the investigating officer of this fact.

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  7. I have firearms in my home and do not want them anymore; will the Omaha Police Department dispose of them for me?
    If you have firearms in your home for any reason and that you do not want anymore for any reason, the Omaha Police Department will dispose of the weapons for you.  We do not pay for your firearms and we do not charge you to dispose of them. 

    We are offering this free service in an effort to keep these firearms off the streets of Omaha and prevent them from being used in crimes. 

    If you are in this situation, please call the firearms unit at (402)444-4099 Monday through Friday 0800 Am to 4 P. M. to make arrangements for the firearms to be picked up. 

    Understand that once we have taken your firearms, they will be destroyed in 30 days.

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  8. I know someone who is in possession of a firearm and they should not be, what do I do?
    You have several options for contacting the Omaha Police Department to report suspected criminal activity.
    • You can call 911 and request officers for assistance, especially if the situation is currently happening or if there is an emergency. 
    • You can call the firearms squad Monday through Friday at (402)444-4099 and report this to a detective.   
    • Lastly, you can call Crimestoppers (402)444-STOP (7867) to report the suspected criminal activity.  The Crimestoppers program ensures that you remain anonymous and you can be paid money for you information.

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  9. I would like to take a firearms training class, does the Omaha Police Department conduct such training for the public? 
    The Omaha Police Department regularly conducts community oriented presentations on several subjects including firearms but we do not offer “training” classes.  There are numerous businesses and organizations that offer such training and we recommend that you search the phone book and/or do an internet search to locate what you are looking for.

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  10. Is my Iowa (or any other non-Nebraska) CCW permit valid in Nebraska?
    The state of Nebraska has reciprocity, per Nebraska state statutes, with other states that have similar CCW permits. The Attorney General's office publishes a list yearly identifying the states in which Nebraska recognizes their CCW permits.

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  11. I have a CCW permit. Do I have to register my concealable firearm with the Omaha Police Department?
    Effective July 15, 2010, Nebraska state statute 18-1703 has voided the Omaha city ordinance 20-251, for persons who have obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon, which means that valid CCW permit holders are no longer required to register concealable firearms with the city of Omaha.

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  12. Who is required to register concealable firearms with the City of Omaha/Omaha Police Department?
  13. Omaha Municipal Code 20-251 requires that all concealable inside the city limits of Omaha be registered.  Regardless of where a person resides, concealable firearms inside the city of Omaha are required to be registered with the Omaha Police Department. 
    Persons whom are valid Nebraska CCW permit holders (or any other State which Nebraska has reciprocity with) are not required to register firearms and can be in possession of concealable firearms which are not registered.

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