NRA / ILA
Firearms Laws for
Nevada (As of May, 2009) Compiled by:
NRA-Institute for Legislative Action
11250 Waples Mill Road
A synopsis of state laws on purchase, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
possession and carrying of firearms. www.nraila.org
QUICK REFERENCE CHART other firearm without a permit to carry. State law does not prohibit
the open carrying of a firearm, but one should exercise caution when
Rifles and carrying a firearm in public.
Shotguns Handguns Exceptions to carrying a concealed firearm include:
Permit to Purchase No No 1) Sheriffs, constables, marshals, peace officers, policemen, and
Registration of Firearms No No* special police officers.
Licensing of Owners No No 2) Any person summoned by a peace officer to assist in making
Permit to Carry No Yes arrests or preserving the peace while actually engaged in assisting
* As of October 1, 2007, Clark County requires individuals who are in the county for more 3) Members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. when on duty.
than sixty days to register their handguns with local law enforcement. Registration of newly The sheriff shall issue a permit to carry a firearm concealed to
acquired handguns must be within seventy-two hours after taking title by purchase, gift or any person qualified to possess a firearm under state and federal law
other transfer. who:
• submits an application;
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION • is at least 21 years of age;
• is not a felon or otherwise precluded from owning a firearm;
“Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and • has demonstrated competence with a firearm by presenting a
defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful certificate or other documentation to the sheriff which shows
purposes.” Article 1, Section 11, Paragraph 1. that applicant successfully completed a course approved by the
sheriff issuing the permit, or successfully completed a course in
PURCHASE firearm safety offered by a federal, state or local law enforcement
agency, community college, university or national organization
No state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun or that certifies instructors in firearm safety. Such a course must
handgun. include instruction in the use of each firearm to which the
Any person who sells or barters any pistol or revolver capable of application pertains.
being concealed upon the person to a child under the age of 18 years An application must be completed and signed under oath by
with reckless disregard of whether the child is under 18 years old, or the applicant. The signature must be witnessed by an employee of
has knowledge or reason to believe that the child is under 18 years the sheriff or notarized by a notary public. The application must
old, is guilty of a category B felony. include:
• the name, address, place and date of birth, social security number,
POSSESSION occupation and employer of the applicant,
• a complete set of fingerprints taken by the sheriff or his agent;
No state permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun or • a frontal-view colored photograph taken by the sheriff or his
A minor under 18 years of age may not possess a firearm unless • driver’s license or identification card number issued by the
accompanied by or under the immediate charge of an adult. department;
It is unlawful for a person convicted of a felony to own a pistol • the make, model and caliber of each authorized semiautomatic
or possess any firearm. firearm to which the application pertains; permits for revolvers
It is unlawful to carry or possess any firearm while on the property pertain to all revolvers owned and need not be listed separately.
of the University and Community College System of Nevada or a Within 120 days after a complete application is submitted, the
private or public school or while in a vehicle of a private or public sheriff shall grant or deny the application. If the application is denied,
school without written permission. the sheriff shall send the applicant written notification explaining the
It is unlawful to control or actually possess a firearm while reasons for the denial. The applicant may seek judicial review of the
intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance. denial by filing a petition in the district court for the county in which
the applicant filed his application. A judicial review must be limited
CARRYING to a determination of whether the denial was arbitrary, capricious or
otherwise characterized by an abuse of discretion. If the application is
It is unlawful to carry concealed upon the person a handgun or granted, the sheriff shall issue the permit. A permit is valid for 5 years.
A non-refundable fee not to exceed $60.00 is charged. It is unlawful to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in a vehicle that
Each permittee shall carry the permit, together with proper is being used on a public highway. A firearm is loaded if there is an
identification whenever the permittee is in actual possession of a unexpended cartridge or shell in the firing chamber but not when the
concealed firearm. A permittee shall notify the sheriff who issued the only cartridges or shells are in the magazine.
permit in writing within 30 days if permanent address changes; or the State law has been interpreted to allow an individual to carry a
permit is lost, stolen or destroyed. An application for the renewal of firearm in their vehicle as long as it is not actually on the person or in
a permit must be completed and signed under oath by the applicant; a container carried by the person.
contain a statement that the applicant is eligible to receive permit
and must demonstrate competence with a firearm. The renewal fee is ANTIQUES AND REPLICAS
The sheriff shall deny or revoke a permit if he determines that the Nevada statutes are silent on antique and replica firearms. They
applicant or permittee; are treated as ordinary firearms for possession and carrying purposes.
• has an outstanding warrant for his arrest;
• has been judicially declared incompetent or insane, MACHINE GUNS
• has been voluntarily or involuntarily admitted to a mental health
facility during the immediately preceding 5 years; It is lawful to possess, purchase or sell a machine gun or silencer
• has habitually used intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal
to the extent that his normal faculties are impaired within the laws and regulations.
previous 5 years; It is unlawful to possess, manufacture, or dispose of a rifle with
• has been subject to any requirements imposed by a court as a a barrel under 16 inches in length, a shotgun with a barrel under 18
condition to the court’s withholding of the entry of judgment inches, or a rifle or shotgun with an overall length under 26 inches.
for conviction of a felony or suspension of sentence for the Peace officers and persons licensed by the United States Department
conviction of a felony within the previous 5 years; of the Treasury as importers, manufacturers, collectors or dealers are
• has been convicted of a crime involving the use or threatened exempt.
use of force or violence punishable as a misdemeanor within the
previous 3 years; MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
• has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or
stalking, or is currently subject to restraining order, injunction It is unlawful to set any “spring gun” or “trap gun”.
or other order for protection against domestic violence; and is It is unlawful to discharge a firearm at or into any dwelling,
currently on parole or probation. structure, vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft.
The sheriff may deny an application or revoke a permit if he It is unlawful to change, alter, or remove or obliterate the
receives a sworn affidavit stating articulable facts based upon personal serial number of any firearm. Possession of such a firearm is prima
knowledge from any natural person who is at least 18 years of age that facie evidence that the possessor has changed, altered, removed or
the applicant or permittee has or may have committed an offense or obliterated the serial number. It is unlawful to hunt from an
engaged in any other activity which would preclude the issuance of a aircraft, helicopter or motor driven vehicle, including snowmobiles. A
permit to the applicant or require the revocation of a permit. paraplegic hunter may shoot from any stopped motor vehicle which
If the sheriff receives notification submitted by a court or law is not parked on the traveled portion of a public highway.
enforcement agency, that a permittee or an applicant for a permit It is unlawful to discharge a firearm from, upon, or across any
has been charged with a crime involving the use or threatened use federal or state highway or main or general country road or in any
of force or violence, the sheriff shall revoke or suspend the permit public place where any person might be endangered thereby.
or the processing of the application until the final disposition of the It is unlawful to manufacture or sell any metal penetrating bullet
charges. If a permittee is acquitted of the charges, or if the charges are capable of being fired from a handgun.
dropped, the sheriff shall restore the permit without imposing a fee. No county or city may regulate the transfer, possession,
A permittee shall not carry a concealed firearm while he is on the registration, and licensing of firearms and ammunition.
premises of a public building that is located on the property of: The State of Nevada is the only governmental entity in this state
1) a public airport that may commence a lawsuit against a manufacturer or distributor
2) a public school or the property of the Nevada System of Higher of a firearm or ammunition or a trade association related to firearms
Education, unless the permittee has obtained written permission or ammunition for damages, abatement or injunctive relief resulting
to carry a concealed firearm while he is on the premises of the from or relating to the lawful design or manufacture of a firearm or
public building ammunition or the marketing or sale of a firearm or ammunition to
3) a public building that has a metal detector at each public the public.
entrance or a sign posted at each public entrance indicating that No person has a cause of action against the manufacturer or
no firearms are allowed in the building distributor of any firearm merely because the firearm was capable of
Public building means any building or office space occupied by causing serious injury, damage, or death.
any component of the Nevada System of Higher Education and used
for any purpose related to the system; or any building occupied by Sources: Nev. Rev. Statutes §§ 12.107; 41.131; 202.255; 202.257;
any federal, state, county, or city, school district or other political 202.265; 202.273; 202.275; 202.277; 202.280; 202.285; 202.300;
subdivision of the State of Nevada and used for any public purpose. If 202.310; 202.350; 202.360; 202.3657; 202.366; 202.3663;
only part of the building is occupied by an entity described herein, the 202.3667; 202.367; 202.3673; 503.010; 503.165
term means only that portion of the building which is so occupied.
CAUTION: Firearm laws are subject to frequent change and court interpretation. This summary is not intended as legal advice or
restatement of law. This summary does not include federal or local laws, ordinances or regulations. For any particular situation, a licensed
local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation. YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND
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