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The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) may provide some insight into the process of owning and registering a handgun.

  1. Who is required to register concealable firearms with the City of Omaha/Omaha Police Department?

  2. Can I get a permit to carry a concealed handgun?

  3. I live in Douglas County but not in the City of Omaha and wish to purchase a handgun. What do I do?

  4. I am a resident of the City of Omaha and wish to purchase a handgun. What do I do?

  5. What does the Omaha Police Department require to register a concealable handgun?

  6. A close relative is giving me a handgun to keep. Does that make a difference?

  7. What sort of events in my past can disqualify me for the registration of a handgun?

  8. How can I safely and legally bring a handgun to the Police Department?

  9. I am a collector and have several handguns that I would like to register with the Police Department. What then?

  10. Once I have registered my firearm, successfully completed a safety course and have received a permit to carry a concealable firearm,  what special precautions should I take?

  11. Can individuals sell guns on Facebook or Social Media Sites?

  12. Can a CCW Permit holder open carry in the City of Omaha?

  13. What should I do if I want to sell a firearm that is registered with the City of Omaha? 

 

1. Who is required to register concealable firearms with the City of Omaha/Omaha Police Department?

Omaha Municipal Code 20-251 requires that all concealable firearms 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 concealable firearms and can be in possession of concealable firearms which are not registered.


2. Can I get a permit to carry a concealed handgun?

Please refer to the Nebraska State Patrol website for information regarding the proper procedure to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

3. I live in Douglas County but not in the City of Omaha and wish to purchase a handgun. What do I do?

You must go to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to make application for a handgun purchase certificate. You will be asked to produce a valid Nebraska driver's license or valid state or U.S. Military photo I.D.

The Sheriff will require a minimal fee along with this application. Once the certificate is issued, you may then go to the dealer of your choice and purchase the firearm. The handgun purchase certificate is valid statewide for three years. This business can be conducted at the following location:

Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Law Enforcement Center
3601 North 156th Street,
Tel: 402-444-6641

4. I am a resident of the City of Omaha and wish to purchase a handgun. What do I do?

Your first step is to go to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and apply for a handgun purchase certificate. With that certificate in hand, you can then go to the dealer of your choice and select the weapon you wish to purchase.

The dealer may then give you the paperwork necessary to register the concealable firearm with the OPD's Central Headquarters located at 505 South 15th Street, (402) 444-5818.

The concealable firearm will be delivered to you by the dealer once you return with the registration card.

5. What does the Omaha Police Department require to register a concealable firearm?

There is a $15.00 fee to register a concealable firearm. You must also bring the concealable firearm and a satisfactory photo identification card to OPD Headquarters at 505 South 15th Street.

The Police Department will issue you a registration card provided you meet the qualifications of ordinance 20-253 and there is nothing in your criminal history which would serve as cause to deny the registration.

6. A close relative is giving me a handgun to keep. Does that make a difference?

Yes. Nebraska State Statute 69-2403 specifies that a handgun purchase certificate is not necessary if "the transfer is between a person and his or her spouse, sibling, parent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or grandparent".

If the concealable firearm will physically be in the City of Omaha, however, you must still register the concealable firearm with the OPD at Central Headquarters located at 505 South 15th Street. Again, you will need a valid photo identification and must present the firearm to the officer at the front desk at the time of your appointment.

7. What sort of events in my past can disqualify me for the registration of a concealable firearm?

When you apply for a handgun purchase certificate or attempt to register a concealable firearm with the Omaha Police, there will be a nationwide computer search of your criminal history. Any of the following may be cause for rejection of your application

You must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a permanent resident.

  • Be over 21 years age of age.

  • Have never been convicted of a felony.

  • Not currently be the subject of an active Protection Order.

  • Not have provided false information on the registration request.

  • Not have any previous convictions for carrying concealed weapons or convictions for being a minor in possession of a firearm.

  • Not have any convictions within the past five years of assault, child abuse or violation of any provisions of Chapter 20, Article VII of the Omaha Municipal Code.

  • Not have any conviction for a charge of domestic violence including stalking or harassment.

  • Not have been adjudicated in the previous 10 years to be mentally ill or dangerous.

  • Not be a fugitive from justice, on parole, probation, house arrest, or work release.

  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

  • Not be a user of or addicted to unlawful controlled substances, or have convictions relating to controlled substances, including possession of marijuana less than one ounce, or possession of drug paraphernalia in the past 10 years.

8. How can I safely and legally bring a handgun to the Police Department?

The unloaded handgun must be presented to an officer at the front desk in a case or a container of some type. Preferably this would be a locked container.

9. I am a collector and have several firearms that I would like to register with the Police Department. What then?

Time does not allow the officers at the front desk to register more than three firearms at once. If you have more than three, you can choose to either schedule appointments to bring in three firearms at one time or leave the entire collection with us to process as time allows.

10. Once I have registered my firearm, successfully completed a safety course and have received a City of Omaha Handgun Identification Card, what should I do when contacted by police?

If you are contacted by a law enforcement officer, we suggest that you place both your hands on the outside of the vehicle (palms up) and immediately tell the officer that you are legally in possession of a firearm. Do not make any sudden moves and do not make any other movement until you receive instructions from the officer on what to do next.

If you are a CCW Permit holder, you must follow all guidelines as determined by the Nebraska State Patrol and your training when you come into contact with law enforcement.  Failure to do so could result in your permit being revoked, criminal charges or both. 

11.  Can individuals sell guns on Facebook or Social Media sites?

Private citizens may sell firearms to one another; however, Facebook and Craigslist, for example, have their own rules which prohibit people from selling firearms on their sites. The majority of the time, if there is a firearm-for-sale post, the companies remove it as soon as they become aware. If some posts do fall through the cracks, it usually comes to the attention of the police department in the form of a Crime Stoppers tip or a phone call to the Firearms Squad. Usually, by the time investigators attempt to follow up on the post, it has been removed.

There are actual gun brokers which are online and allowed to buy and sell firearms. They have the necessary permits and/or permissions through the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms) which allow them to do this.

 12.  Can a Nebraska CCW Permit holder open carry in the City of Omaha?

Omaha Municipal Code 20-206 prohibits people from carrying concealable firearms (handguns) in the open within the City of Omaha limits with some exceptions. One exception is obtaining the "open carry permit." This can be obtained through the National Safety Council, Nebraska. Access the following link to obtain more information about getting an "open carry permit" for the City of Omaha:

National Safety Council, Nebraska Open Carry Class

The Nebraska Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) which is issued by the Nebraska State Patrol allows a person to carry a concealable firearm (handgun) concealed on or about their person. In the City of Omaha, this particular permit DOES NOT allow a person to carry a concealable firearm IN THE OPEN.

If CHP carriers also wish to open carry at times, then it would be prudent to obtain the open carry permit through the Safety Council to ensure they are legal. The carrier would then have two separate permits ensuring the are legal in the City of Omaha.

13. What should I do if I want to sell a firearm that is registered with the City of Omaha?

It would be prudent to do four things to sell your firearm:

A) As the seller, you should make sure your buyer has a valid purchase permit through the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) or other county. A valid permit is good for three years, so be sure to look at the expiration date. This is the same permit that a buyer would be required to show an employee at retail store if purchasing a gun.

The valid purchase permit is important because before issuing the permit, the DCSO does a background check to ensure the prospective buyer is not prohibited from being able to buy a firearm.

B) Check the buyer's identification to make sure they are the person on the purchase permit.

C) Create a bill of sale showing the details of your firearm transaction: seller's information, buyer's information, date of sale, firearm details, serial number, price, signatures, etc.

D) If your buyer lives in Omaha city limits, BOTH of you (buyer and seller) should meet at Omaha Police Headquarters, 505 S 15 St, in order to get the firearm registration taken out of your name (seller's name) and put into the buyer's name. **If the seller does not take the firearm out of his name, the firearm remains registered to the seller forever.** After the firearm is taken out of the seller's name, the buyer can then register it in their name. This is the most complete way to do this to ensure everyone is legal and safe in the transaction. If you did not do this and the buyer used the weapon to commit a crime, you might be falsely accused of the crime.

The Omaha Police Headquarters Front Desk is open 365days a year / 24 hours a day. Just call ahead to 402 444 5818 to ensure the right staff is there to handle your transaction.

 

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