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.

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