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Nebraska 80 Percent Lower Laws

80 Percent Arms   |   Jan 12th 2022

Disclaimer: To get started, we want to share a small disclaimer. We are dedicated and proud supporters of everything 2nd amendment, but we are not lawyers. So, before you take what you read here and run with it, you will want to double-check all of your local or state gun laws. Make sure you are up to date on any special regulations that may apply to you and your situation. Gun laws are always changing and always do your part to stay up to date with the newest and current laws.

This information is provided as a service to the public. It is NOT intended to be taken as legal advice and should never be considered as such. Make sure to do your own research as you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.

This is a developing list of information we intend to update regularly to stay accurate and current. If you see a discrepancy or a mistake with your home state’s laws that we’ve covered, feel free to let us know so we can correct it. Thank you and stay safe!

What is an 80% Lower?

An 80% lower receiver is an unfinished and unserialized blank which requires some machining work from the end user to turn it into a 100% lower receiver, otherwise, what is legally considered as a firearm. 80 lowers are missing the trigger pocket and three holes that need to be milled and drilled out to be completed. Unless states have passed their own laws barring the possession or sales of 80% products; pending the ATF's updated decision from the most recent proposed rule 2021R-05 80% lowers are completely legal, not considered firearms and thus can be shipped straight to your front door. No FFL required. To explore the 80% lower receiver products we have to offer, check out our multiple collections.

Are 80 Lowers Legal In Nebraska?

As of this guide’s initial publish date, 80% lower receivers and frames are not considered as firearms by the ATF and are legal to ship directly to buyers residing in the state of Nebraska.

Do I Need to Serialize My 80 Lower in Nebraska?

If you build out your own firearms starting with 80 lowers in Nebraska you do not need to serialize the lower receiver or frame as there are currently no laws requiring citizens to do so. Should you wish to serialize your lower receiver you certainly can if necessary through our engraving services for 80 lowers.

Key Gun Laws in Nebraska

Other than laws regarding 80 lowers, these are the key gun laws you should be aware of if you reside or are traveling through Nebraska.

Firearm Possession and Purchase Requirements

Nebraska requires long gun buyers to be at least 18 years old. Handgun buyers must be 21 years old and have a handgun purchase certificate. No extra permits or licenses are required for long gun purchases. The normal exceptions for minors in possession of firearms apply as well which include when attending a hunter’s or firearms safety course, using the gun for target practice or recreational shooting at an established range, involved in an organized competition, hunting or trapping with a valid license, traveling to and from these events, or at their own residence with permission and supervision of a parents or a legal guardian.

Firearm purchases generally require a background check but private party transfers do not (Dealer Record of Sale also known as 4473 form or “DROS”). While federal law requires federal firearm license holders (“FFL’s”:) to initiate background checks on buyers prior to the sale of a firearm, federal law also allows states to serve as their own “point of contact” and conduct their own background checks via state, federal records or databases, as well as the option to use the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. Nebraska is a point of contact for the NICS and as a result, dealers must conduct their background checks by going to the “NSP’s,” Nebraska State Police instant check system. If a purchaser presents a state CCW permit or a handgun purchase permit, it exempts them from a background check when purchasing a gun from an FFL store.

Open and Concealed Carrying

Nebraska is a “shall-issue” state for ccw’s in the form of “CHP’s” or Concealed Handgun Permits. They are also offered for non-residents. Open carry without a permit is legal for anyone at least 18 years old legally allowed to carry/possess/own a firearm. Some areas are off-limits so please look into where those areas might be. Concealed carry applicants must be 21 years old at the minimum and complete a state approved firearms training course. For more details on Nebraska’s policies check out their reciprocity map here.

NFA Restrictions

Nebraska does not have any NFA weapons or related items restrictions which means residents are allowed to legally purchase them. Nor are there any “assault weapon” bans.

Magazine Capacity Restrictions

There are no magazine capacity restrictions in Nebraska. Enjoy those drums and belt-fed box magazines! We carry plenty of standard capacity magazines like the Lancer Advanced Warfighter L5 mag which is a 30 rounder too. Our favorite color is the translucent smoke one.

Mandatory Storage Requirements

There are no mandatory storage requirements for firearms in Nebraska, the only law regarding safe storage is for when concealed carriers have a gun in their vehicle, the state asks that gun owners leave their guns locked up in the glove compartment or in a box that is securely attached to the car. However, you should still exercise caution in general because you can be tried for negligently leaving your guns accessible to children. If you need some good ideas or best practices for storing your guns and gear here are 5 ways to safely store firearms at home.


Nebraska is a castle doctrine state but does not have a stand your ground law, which means people are required to retreat if possible before returning fire or responding to a threat with lethal force.

Ammunition Purchase

To buy ammo in Nebraska no license is needed for the sale, purchase or possession of it. Sellers also do not have to keep a record of their ammo sales/transactions. Otherwise, people can buy virtually any type of ammunition in Nebraska.

Start Your Next 80 Lower Build with 80% Arms!

Nebraska residents are completely free to build their own firearms from 80 lowers and frames without any required serialization or FFL transactions. It's the perfect state to take advantage of your constitutional Second Amendment right and freedom to keep and bear arms. That includes 80% Arms! Grab an 80 lower jig and some buddies to enjoy that freedom together and let us know if you need any advice with your build at any point in the process. Friends, live free.