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Nevada gun laws operate at the local county level on a "Shall Issue" policy. Nevada has traditionally been a open carry state with more areas accessible to a person who is open carrying than one who is concealed carrying. A training course is required to obtain a concealed carry permit with the minimum age being 21, or 18 if in the military. There is no registration of firearms required and residents or non-residents can purchase long guns in Nevada.

Nevada CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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Nevada CCW Reciprocity


  • Permit Honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
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How Reciprocity Works in Nevada

Nevada will honor CCW permits from states that are on their reciprocity list. The person carrying a firearm must have their permit with them at all times.

Signed Reciprocity Agreements

Nevada has signed reciprocity agreements with 30 other states. For a full list please go to the official state reciprocity list.

Nevada Reciprocity State's


Resident Permit
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Non-Resident Permit
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington


  • Idaho - Nevada will only honor the Idaho Enhanced permit.
  • Mississippi - Only the Mississippi Enhanced permit is honored in Nevada.
  • South Dakota - Only the South Dakota Enhanced permit is honored in Nevada.
NRS202.3688 - Reciprocity

Nevada Handgun Permit

Nevada Gun Policy

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Residents, Non-residents

CCW Permit Overview

Previously you had to state the type of firearm and serial number on the permit application. This is not required now and you can obtain a permit for any type of firearm. Applications are made at the sheriffs office in your county of residence. For Clark county residents applications must be submitted to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department. Military personnel aged between 18 - 20 can obtain a permit if they are on active duty or have been honorably discharged.

The Law
NRS202.3657 - Permit Applications

Non-Resident Permits

Non-Resident permits are issued to any one that qualifies. However, you must apply in person at the issuing office which means you will need to make a trip to the state. And any training requirements must be done in Nevada. Sounds like a good excuse for a Las Vegas holiday. The application process is exactly the same as for residents.

The Law
NRS202.3657 - Non-resident permits

Handgun Training
All handgun training must take place in Nevada, online or out of state courses will not be accepted. There are some counties that require any training to take place in the county where you file the application.

List of approved instructors


  • Must be at least 21 years of age or more.
  • Provide the documentation to demonstrate competence with a firearm.
  • Not a fugitive from justice.
  • Have not been judicially declared mentally incompetent or insane.
  • Have not been admitted to a mental health facility within the last 5 years.
  • Have not habitually used intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired, including DUI convictions within five previous years and Medical Marijuana Patients.
  • Have not been convicted of a crime involving the use, or threatened use of force or violence, including misdemeanor convictions, within the last three (3) years.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony.
  • Have not been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or stalking, or you are currently subject to a restraining order or other order of protection against violence.
  • You are not currently on parole or probation.
  • Have not been, within the preceding five (5) years, subject to any requirements imposed by a court as a condition to:
    • Withholding the entry of judgment for your conviction of a felony, or
    • Suspension of your sentence for the conviction of a felony, or
    • Indictment by a Grand Jury.
  • Have not made a false statement on any application.
  • You are lawful resident of the United States.
  • You are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal law, city and/or county ordinances.
  • Federal law requirements
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Nevada: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in Nevada

  • Airports
  • Public schools and private schools
  • Child-care facilities
  • Facilities belonging to the University of Nevada, the Community College System, any other vocational/technical school
  • Law enforcement agency facilities
  • Courthouses and courtrooms
  • Hoover Dam
  • Prisons, jails and detention facilities
  • Any buildings with metal detectors or signs prohibiting firearms at each public entrance
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Nevada

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: Nevada Gun Laws

Nevada is an open carry state
Castle doctrine is legal in Nevada

History Of Nevada Gun Laws

Antique revolvers
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Learn Nevada's Gun History


Clark county introduces registration for firearms to try and control an influx of mobsters into the county.


Nevada changes from a May Issue Policy to a Shall Issue policy.


The preemption laws are slightly modified. However, Clark county is still allowed to register firearms.


Nevada decides not to honor Arizona CCW permits when Arizona becomes a permitless carry state.


Full control over gun laws is given to the state. Clark county is no longer permitted to register firearms.


New laws requiring a background check on private gun sales are passed via a statewide referendum. However, the attorney General states the laws are unenforceable.

Nevada Concealed Carry Laws

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Nevada Gun Laws To Know

YES - Without a permit

There is no law against carrying handguns in a vehicle. The handgun must be visible if on a person. Handguns in a glove box, on or under a seat are allowed. You will need a permit to conceal carry a handgun in a holster or pocket while in a vehicle.

Long Guns
There is however a law for carrying long guns and shotguns in vehicles. Whenever these firearms are carried in a vehicle they must be unloaded, this means there cannot be a cartridge in the chamber,  but you can have a loaded magazine in the firearm.

The Law
NRS 503.165 - Loaded rifle

NO - Must Inform Officer

There is nothing in Nevada gun laws that says you must inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm.

You are required by law to carry your CCW permit with identification and show these to law enforcement if they request them.

The Law
NRS202.3667 - Must carry permit


It is legal to carry in the following areas;
  • State Parks:       YES - NAC 407.105
  • State/National Forests:     YES - NAC 407.105
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES - NRS202.3673


“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Nevada gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.

Most signs on public buildings only ban concealed carry. You will find you have greater access to areas if you open carry.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES - Without a permit

Open carry in Nevada is legal. The minimum age is 18 years old.


In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
There are no laws in Nevada regarding a open or concealed firearm in a bar or drinking establishment. It's a different story if you are carrying a firearm and have consumed too much alcohol as it then becomes a crime if you have a blood alcohol content of more than (BAC) .10 or greater.

"Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

Nevada does not have constitutional carry.
“Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes.”
(Art. I, § 11)
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Nevada Off-Limit Statutes

Other Nevada CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Other Nevada Gun Laws

Private Sales
The law was changed in November, 2016 by referendum to require that all private gun sales have a background check. However, the Attorney General has released an opinion that the law is unenforceable. Furthermore, the FBI has stated it will not conduct background checks on private sales and that a state cannot dictate how federal programs operate.

The Attorney General in response has said citizens will not be prosecuted if they do not comply with the Act.

Nevada CCW FAQ's

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Nevada CCW Contact

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.


Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 400 Sth. Martin Luther King Blvd.

CityLas Vegas, NV 89106

Phone (702) 828-3271

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I’ve held a CCW for 3 years now from Arizona that is recognized in Nevada. I know how to legally travel with the firearm over the state line, however when we reach the casino do I have to keep my firearm locked in our vehicle? If the Casino post a Gun Prohibited sign, can we take the fire arm in its locked box to our hotel room and keep the magazine separated in our vehicle? Basically we need a place to legally store our firearm while we enjoy ourselves in the great state of Nevada! Any information will help.


I live in Az and hold a valid CCW permit. A relative died who lived in NV and we will be picking up the long guns left to me. Is there anything I need to do before picking them up from Washoe County probate official. Thanks


Here in WY if you have retired from the military you do not have to take firearms class for a CCW as long as you provide paperwork concerning your service, does Nevada have anything like that?


I’m a resident of Wisconsin due to be a military spouse that lives in Nevada. I have a Wisconsin Concealed carry permit which is excepted in Nevada. But since I’m living in Nevada do I need to get a Nevada permit? Very confusing to me I’ve read some stuff but still don’t have a solid answer. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!


No. If your state permit is recognized, you don’t need a Nevada one. When that one is about to expire, get a Nevada permit


To make it clear, “NO GUN” signs are different than “NO GUN” signs that are accompanied with an NRS code. The NRS code makes it unlawful to carry concealed and in some cases, all together. As stated in the above laws, there is more places to open carry than there are to carry concealed in Nevada.


Would weapons stored in lock box, with ammo in separate lock box , allow one to pass over Hoover dam?

Boris Badenov
Boris Badenov

They aren’t going to inspect your vehicle. My guess is, you can’t carry in the Dam itself or in the gift shop or on the Dam. Operative word is carry. Transporting is different.

Scott McKinney
Scott McKinney

As a University Police Officer from Indiana attending a police convention what are the laws in Nevada in open carry with my uniform in Reno or bringing my firearm from Indy to Vegas where I’ll be flying to


I’m a resident of Arizona and I want to take my firearms with me to Nevada because I’m working out there do I need a CCW to cross my firearms Through state lines

Henry Entendencia
Henry Entendencia

Where do I take the Safety Course for fire arms in Nevada…?