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What Are My Firearm Rights in Nevada?

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What Are My Firearm Rights in Nevada?


Nevada currently has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the United States. According to the Nevada State Constitution, “Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes.”

This supports the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “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.”

Between these 2 documents, the state of Nevada grants a number of firearm rights to its citizens. Under current law, any Nevada resident 21 years or older may purchase a firearm – rifle, shotgun, or handgun – without registration. The state does not require the resident to have a license in order purchase a firearm.

Concealed Carry

Within the state of Nevada, you may carry a weapon openly without a permit. However, it is illegal to carry a handgun concealed without the proper CCW license, or to carry a concealed weapon license. As a “shall issue” state, Nevada reserves the right to issue or deny the CCW license depending on whether or not the applicant meets the following requirements:

  • 21+ years old
  • Proof of competency with a firearm
  • No mental health issues
  • No previous DUI or DUID convictions
  • No previous felony charges, parole, or probation
  • Lawful resident of the United States

CCW permits are valid for 5 years and cost about $96. Under reciprocity, Nevada CCW permits are valid in 31 other states, including Florida, Ohio, and Texas. Nevada also recognizes permits from 30 other states, including Michigan, Oregon, and Wyoming.

Automatic Weapons and Silencers

Nevada also allows the purchase, sale, and possession of automatic weapons, machine guns, and silencers. However, you must comply with all federal laws and regulations and you must legally register the machine guns and silencers. These weapons may not fall under current reciprocity law, and other states may not recognize the weapons as legal. It is always a good idea to discuss your firearm rights with a local attorney.

Call Our Criminal Defense Lawyer Today – (775) 502-1575

If you have been charged with a firearm-related crime, don’t hesitate to call our Reno criminal defense attorney today. At the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover, we understand the importance of tackling these charges quickly and efficiently in order to further preserve your firearm rights. Our attorney has over 15 years of criminal law experience and has the knowledge and ability to fight for you.

Contact us today to discuss your firearm-related case: (775) 502-1575.

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