Nevada Gun Laws
Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Nevada.
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In Nevada, adults may purchase and openly carry firearms without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body. (15 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.3657.)
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Nevada.
How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit in Nevada
To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
- be at least 21 years old, and
- complete a firearms safety course.
Additionally you must NOT:
- be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law
- have been declared incompetent or insane
- have been committed (voluntarily or involuntarily) to a mental health facility in the past five years
- be an alcoholic or addict, or convicted of certain crimes having to do with alcohol or controlled substances
- have been convicted of certain violent crimes (including domestic violence crimes)
- currently be on parole or probation, or
- have made false statements on past firearm permit applications.
(15 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.3657.)
Does Nevada Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?
Yes. Each year, the Nevada Department of Public Safety issues a list of states from which a valid concealed carry permit is recognized. If you have a license from a reciprocal state, and you are not a Nevada resident, your license is valid in Nevada. If you are a Nevada resident (or become one), you must apply for a Nevada permit.
A current list of reciprocal states is available at the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s website.
(15 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.3688.)
Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License
It is a category C felony to carry a concealed firearm without a permit in Nevada. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, at least one year (and up to five years) in prison, or both. (15 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.350.)
Getting Legal Help
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Nevada, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.