Firearm Laws in Nevada

In Nevada firearms fall under state and federal law. Firearms as defined under NRS 62A.130 are allowed to be owned by any Nevada citizen over the age of 18. Firearms are not allowed to be in possession of a prohibited person as defined under NRS 202.360 . If a person in ownership of firearms is found to be a prohibited person by a court ruling said person is subject to surrender their firearms under NRS 202.361. It is also illegal to sell firearms or ammunition to a prohibited person under NRS 202.362. There are no registration requirements for firearms in Nevada. No permit is needed for a resident over the age of 18 to open carry in Nevada. You must be 21 years of age or older to buy a handgun from a federally licensed dealer under federal law. You must be 21 years of age or older to obtain a Nevada concealed carry license under NRS 202.3657.

It is legal to carry handguns loaded. It is illegal to carry a rifle or shotgun loaded under NRS 503.165. It is illegal to sell firearms or ammunition to minors under NRS 202.310. Under certain circumstances children over the age of 14 can have firearms in their possession with written permission from their parents/guardians under NRS 202.300.

All purchases from a federally licensed dealer are subject to a NICS background check. Out of state and online sales must be done through a federally licensed dealer and are subject to NICS background check. Before the 2016 Nevada General Election there were no background check requirements for a private sale between Nevada citizens. Although deemed unenforceable by the Nevada Attorney General there are now background checks required for private firearm sales under NRS 202.2533. There are certain exceptions to the private transfer of firearms to immediate family members, government officials, and under certain acts under NRS 202.2541.

It is illegal to carry firearms in public buildings as defined under NRS 202.265. It is legal to carry in any other public building as defined under NRS 202.3673. Private businesses have the right to ask you to leave their public building if they have knowledge of you carrying a weapon. It is illegal to be in possession of a firearm while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.10 or over as defined under NRS 202.257.

It is illegal to discharge firearms within city limits under NRS 202.280. Discharging into a structure or vehicle, or within a structure or vehicle is illegal under NRS 202.285 and NRS 202.287.

 In order to obtain any fully automatic or select fire firearm, short barreled rifle or shotgun, firearms with silencer/muffler devices, and firearms described as other weapons in Nevada one must conform with federal law and the National Firearms Act.