Gun laws in Nevada

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Gun laws in Nevada regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state of Nevada in the United States.

Nevada state law does not require the registration of firearms. However, handgun owners in Clark County must register their concealable and non-concealable firearms at a law enforcement agency within an incorporated city of Clark County (informally call the 'Blue Card').[1]


Nevada is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The county sheriff shall issue a concealed firearms permit to qualified applicants.[2] To apply for a Concealed Firearm Permit, a person must successfully take an approved course in firearm safety and demonstrate competence (qualify) with a semiautomatic handgun or revolver or both. Once issued, the permit will read:

Semiautomatic firearms authorized ... Yes | No
Revolvers authorized ... Yes | No

depending on the applicant's demonstrated competence.[3]


Note: The change in the law regarding competence with semi-automatic handguns was made effective July 1, 2011 through Nevada Assembly Bill AB 282.[4] This change is retroactive meaning that permits issued prior to July 1, 2011 that have specific semiautomatic firearms listed is the equivalent to having all semiautomatic fireams authorized.[5]

States that honor a Nevada permit: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas*, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan*, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah (*Residential Permits Only)

Other state permits that Nevada honors as of July 1, 2012: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Rhode Island, South Carolina, West Virginia. [6]The law allows holders of valid permits from these states to carry a concealed weapon while in the State of Nevada. The permit along with a photo I.D. must be in the possession of the person at all times while carrying a firearm.

Nevada is a traditional open carry state with seemingly complete state preemption of firearms laws. However, several localities have passed and are enforcing "Deadly Weapons" laws which conflict with the preemption laws, and whose legality is therefore at issue. Were this not the case, Nevada would qualify as a "Gold Star" open carry state. Effective Oct 1, 2007 is legislation that prohibits counties/cities/towns from enacting ordinances more restrictive than state law – the legislature reserves for itself the right to legislate firearms law. This law is retroactive.[citation needed] Hence the more restrictive ordinances in North Las Vegas and Boulder City are null and void.


AB 217, allows residents of non-contiguous states to purchase long guns in Nevada. It also allows Nevada residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states. This legislation brings Nevada in line with the protections provided by the Firearms Owners Protection Act, which allows for the interstate sale of long guns by federally licensed firearms dealers.


AB 282 ensures that concealed firearm permit holders’ names and addresses remain confidential; revise Nevada state law to allow carrying of any semi-automatic pistol, as with revolvers, once qualified for a CCW permit with a semi-automatic pistol; allows carrying of firearms in Nevada state parks; and statutorily mandates a background investigation (which is currently being done by all Nevada sheriffs) for CCW permit renewals for the purpose of reinstating the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) exemption for Nevada, thus ensuring that permit holders do not have to go through a point-of-contact check for every firearm purchased, as long as the CCW permit is valid.


Assembly Bills 217 and 282 went into effect on July 1, 2011.


The concealed firearm permit cost differs depending on which county you apply in. The application must be turned in to the county in which the applicant resides. The permit is valid for 5 years.[7]

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