NEVADA GUN LAWS

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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

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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.

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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

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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

Note

  • 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

Shall Issue

Permit Issued To

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

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
Antique handguns

Learn Nevada's Gun History

1948

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

1995

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

2007

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

2013

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

2015

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

2016

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

Handguns
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

YES

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

“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.

YES

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.
NO

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.

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Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 400 Sth. Martin Luther King Blvd.

CityLas Vegas, NV 89106

Phone (702) 828-3271

 

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Are private sales required to do a background check?

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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.

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Misleading in the way you display only part of NRS 202.3673 Public buildings are government buildings, not private buildings such as restaurants, theaters etc. 6.  As used in this section: (b) “Public building” means any building or office space occupied by: (1) Any component of the Nevada System of Higher Education and used for any purpose related to the System; or (2) The Federal Government, the State of Nevada or any county, city, school district or other political subdivision of the State of Nevada and used for any public purpose. Nevada gun laws about to go draconian with AB291: the law that punishes law… Read more »

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HUBBY!!!

Levi
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Levi

I live in California and travel to Nevada to visit my son can I open carry

Shawn
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Shawn

Yes

Chris
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Chris

So I am travelling to Vegas next January and I have a Florida CWL. Do I need to do anything special or I’m good with just the Florida CWL? TIA

Allie
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Allie

I am married to a Felon, can I own a gun?

Gerold
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Gerold

If he is on perol I would say no. If he is not on perol I would think it would depend on his charges (if includes weapon ex: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon) otherwise I’d say so.

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pedo

Anyone who is at least 21 years of age, can pass a background check, endure a very long class, and hit an 8″x 11″ target within a 3, 6, and 9 yard distance with 50 rounds from your handgun of choice can pass the test. No prior military of law enforcement experience will gain you a shortcut through any of the REQUIRED program.
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Henry
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Henry

I am a firearm onwer in California and was wondering is it legal to take my firearms into Las Vegas to go shooting without any issues? From my understanding you are allowed to as long as the firearms are being transported correctly in each state/county and they have to be California complient coming back into California.

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Paul Phipps

That’s correct!

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THOMAS BARRAGAN

???? wife had a stroke all guns in her name she has cwp also just was easy since I work to buy go pick them up ect and she liked shooting her and friend went weekly gun range now their no way she can carry much less shoot one all locked away want to transfer (give) my son who also has a cwp in ill and lives their can I sign the transfer papers ?? since she cant

John
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John

Nevada does not register firearms, if you are transferring to another state, check with an FFL dealer.

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Lucia

Hi I was wondering. My Ex-husband He have medical marijuana and he have guns he always high on marijuana and I did Restraining Order on him before I divorce him . I know he can’t carry gun . But he does . And I have so afraid share custody My baby . It’s ilegal for him have guns at house are carry when he smoke marijuana thank you

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Sheena

He can not have medical marijuana card AND a CCW card. If you still have the restraining order and he is still a threat to you or your child you must inform police.
This is how bad guys ruin it for good guys.
Please be safe.

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Matt

I’m coming from Florida to a shooting competition in NV. I am a resident of Florida with a FL CCP. Can I ship my guns from a Florida FFL to a Nevada FFL without being a resident of Nevada or address?

Anthony
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Anthony

Yes.

Paul Phipps
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Paul Phipps

Yes, but why don’t you travel with them?

David
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David

I’ve heard Las Vegas is a bit different than rest of NV, and it even varies in different parts of the city. True? Can you elaborate?

Matt
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Matt

This site is semi-unreliable for information, the reciprocity map is out of date for one, they go on to say that anywhere posted as “no firearms” at each public entrance is prohibited, as well as some funky wording regarding carrying while drinking. A more up to date (and interactive) reciprocity map can be found by googling for “CCW reciprocity map” and selecting the one from usacarry.com Signs do not hold force of law in NV. That means you can ignore all the no gun signs posted at whole foods and CCW or OC if you desire. If asked to leave,… Read more »

Tom Stanley
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Tom Stanley

I’ve carried my gun into my bank many times and never had any problems. They know I’m legal and carrying. They understand that criminals arn’t worried about laws or signs. I carry it on my hip in plain sight. Have a CCW.

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Scotty

Concerning the “gun show loophole,” firearm dealers MUST do a background check at a gun show but private sellers do not. Is this correct? Is the background check for all sales a policy the show can or does enforce? Does anyone know how many weapons are sold annually at these shows without a background check? What prevents felons or other restricted persons from buying from a private seller at these shows? Full disclosure, I do not own a firearm and I am very ignorant of NV gun laws. Thank you very much for your replies.

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All dealers must perform a background check for every sale, private sellers do not have to, but they cannot knowingly sell to a prohibited person and it is recommended that they perform a background check of some sort (I’m sure one of the neighboring guys is more than happy to run the check for a fee or even process it as an FFL transfer). I’ve been to a few shows and never seen a private seller at them though, it’s always small shops and businesses who are very strict on following background check reqs. You can look up straw purchases… Read more »

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G phillips

If I was convicted of a class c felony, (1st and only offense) but I had my civil rights restored am I legally allowed to open carry? In my paper work it doesn’t state specifics. It just says full restoration of civil rights. Says I can run for and hold office after a certain number of years. That’s the only specifics given. The state issues me a hunting license and I am legally allowed to hunt with a firearm, so I assume I am legally allowed to have firearms and open carry. I always worry about being confronted by a… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

Honestly, I’d go and apply for it, talk to the people who process the paperwork with your docs saying your rights have been restored, and have them go through and verify you’re approved, if there’s an issue you can contest it and resolve it, or at least get a definitive answer. Until then, it’s probably safer to stay safe with it and not carry it until you know for sure you’re good, if and when you’re issued the CCW by the sheriff, you’ve been vetted by them and can now conceal carry without worries! Additional bonus: No background checks when… Read more »

Crystal
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Crystal

How would you flag a person so they don’t get a license to conceal? They are a very know drug dealer in north Las Vegas and has been locked up in a mental facility a few times.

Matt
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Matt

If he’s been involuntarily committed to the facility, or has ever been convicted of a felony or domestic violence charge he’s already barred from it. If neither of those have happened, NV does not have “red flag” laws you can exploit to prohibit him from carrying or possessing a firearm if he is otherwise legally doing so.

Donald Robinson
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Donald Robinson

A friend is moving to Las Vegas. He was a convicted felon and has been pardoned by Governor and had record expunged? Can he legally buy and or pocess a firearm?

Antroinette Worsham
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Antroinette Worsham

May I transfer my permit from Ohio to NV?

Matt
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Matt

You can’t “transfer” permits, he will need to apply for a permit from his sheriff for whatever county he moves into. Which does involve going through the 8 hour course and background check, he can open carry in NV with no problems, he will also need to contact OH with his updated physical address which WILL nullify his OH permit as OH does not issue non-resident permits, but the NV permit looks to be honored by OH if he ever pops back there for a visit.

Gerald B McGrath
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Gerald B McGrath

My CCW permit expires on October 23, 2018. The earliest I can take a renewal class is October 27, 2018. Is there a grace period on renewing an expired permit?

fixer
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fixer

I believe you have up until 120 days after the expiration date to renew. A late fee does apply.

Bonnie Bradley
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Bonnie Bradley

I have a legal Nevada CCW. I may be moving to Arizona. How do I change my Nevada resident CCW to a non-resident CCW? I’ve looked and cannot find this information. Thanks.

Matt
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Matt

Get proof of residence in NV, mail in a change of address form to your issuing sheriffs office CCW dept (You’ll probably have to google it), with a check for whatever their fee for a change of address is, and they’ll send you a new permit with your AZ address on it. I’ve bounced around a lot and kept my CCW and updated the address with every move (within 30 days).