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Nevada Gun Control Laws

Nevada, with its Old West history of gunslingers and mining towns, has an interesting history with gun laws. So how does the Silver State govern gun ownership? Here is a brief introduction to gun control laws in Nevada.

Nevada law defines a firearm as any device designed to be used as a weapon from which a projectile can be expelled through the barrel by the force of any explosion or other form of combustion. A firearm that can be concealed — that is, a handgun — is one with a barrel less than 12 inches long.

Limited Authority

Nevada has a "limited authority" to regulate firearms. It does not require permits, firearm registration or owner licenses for firearm owners. Firearms can generally be carried openly throughout Nevada, though carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun inside a vehicle on or along a public road is illegal.

A "Shall Issue" State

Nevada — like Texas, Florida, Colorado and Oregon — is a "shall issue" state, which means concealed carry permits must be issued to all qualified applicants. Applicants must be 21 and older.

Who May Not Own Firearms

There are certain people who have lost their right to own and possess firearms. Those include convicted felons unless they have been pardoned or their civil rights have been restored. This restoration of civil rights process is where Nevada criminal defense attorneys often get involved. Be sure to check Nevada law carefully to determine who exactly is prohibited from owning a firearm.

Learn more about Nevada gun control laws in the table below and further down find additional background on the subject. See Details on State Gun Control Laws for more general information.

Code Section 202.253, et seq.
Illegal Arms Metal penetrating bullets; short-barreled rifle or shotgun; machine gun or silencer; firearm with altered serial number
Waiting Period Up to 120 days -for concealed weapons permit only
Who May Not Own 1. Minor under 14 unless supervised; 2. Ex-felon unless pardoned or civil rights restored; 3. Fugitive from justice; 4. Unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance; 5. Adjudicated as mentally ill; 6. Illegally in the U.S.
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds Misdemeanor. 202.265

Second Amendment Basics

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution controls all gun regulation in the United States. The Amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". If a state law violates the "right to bear arms" the law is unconstitutional and invalid.

Do I Need an Attorney's Help?

If you would like to know more about Nevada gun control laws, there are many attorneys throughout the state with criminal defense experience who may be able to help. In addition to helping you with criminal charges, an attorney that is especially knowledgeable about Nevada firearm regulations may be able to help you reclaim unlawfully confiscated firearms and restore an improperly revoked concealed carry license.

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