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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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
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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 state capitol building

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.

Hours


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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Zach

If I am 18 years old and I was gifted a pistol can I open carry in Nevada?

Brian Matthess
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Brian Matthess

Are out of state Concealed carry permits honored in Nevada?

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vegas local

Wow the ignorance in these comments. All of you people who are asking questions that are CLEARLY answered in this article are prime examples of people who SHOULD NOT own a firearm or have a ccw. The fact that you cannot read and comprehend this article indicates to me that you are lazy and low IQ – bad combo for gun ownership. All of you idiots moving to nevada from CA are voting in the same policies you are leaving. Stay out of nevada.

Eric
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Eric

I am planning on moving to Caliente NV from California. Are there a lot of people in NV that open carry?

Richard Smith
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Richard Smith

I live in Nevada. I see very few people open carry.

Rj Smith
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Rj Smith

I am over 18 but under 21. In Nevada can I have a handgun in my glove box while driving a vehicle?

Rob
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Rob

My Nevada CCW permit expires August 20 it says that it takes 120 days for your permit to come in . I have a Utah and Florida permits and there active can I use these permits until my Nevada permit comes in ?

Eric
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Eric

Nevada honors only Florida residence permits. In other words, you MUST be a resident of Florida for Nevada to honor a Florida permit. I’m not sure about Utah.

RRR
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RRR

One part here says Nevada quit honoring AZ permits in 2013, another says it DOES honor AZ. Which is it?

Caulin
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Caulin

They do now. Before Nevada did not recognize their permit because of the relaxed course. Now they are compliant with Nevada’s permit standards and recognized.

Linda Taylor
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Linda Taylor
Jay smith
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Jay smith

Can you open carry if you have minor traffic warrants? Not a felon only have unpaid speeding tickets.

Aaron Adams
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Aaron Adams

Do you need any kind of permit to carry a long gun?

Rubi
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Rubi

Can a legal Permanent Resident purchase a handgun?

Steven means
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Steven means

I have a question I do not want to be in anti gun kilifornia any mor. Got a 1994 with felony reduced don’t miss demeanor and then vacated gun rights reinstated then they came and took my gun rights away staying we made a mistake you don’t have a felony you only have a misdemeanor but even if you have a misdemeanor you can’t have a gun in California so my question is if I move to Las Vegas Nevada can I legally own and purchase a gun out of a gun store because I don’t want to be in… Read more »

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I believe that would be fine, but that is only my opinion and I am not an expert. For such a question with real possible consequences, you should check with a lawyer who specializes in this area. I agree with you about Commiefornia though. I need to get out too.

Michael
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Michael

Do I need to have the permit to carry an unloaded pistol in my backpack?

Jack Nelson Atherton
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Jack Nelson Atherton

Yes. The Nevada law does not differentiate an unloaded gun from a loaded gun. In a backpack is concealed.

John
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John

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

Tone
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Tone

As long as you’re a non-resident of Nevada, you’re FL permit will be honored.

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.

Steven means
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Steven means

Lol yes

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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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