Nevada gun laws regulate how citizens purchase, sell, use and transfer firearms in the state. The county sheriffs issue licenses to people who comply with state and federal regulations. Nevada is a “Shall Issue state. Nevada is an open carry state, and the laws are enforced at the state level with counties not overriding them with rules of their own. Previous counties that did require registration of all firearms no longer do. Nevada is quite liberal with their inter-state rules regarding sales across state lines. Generally, someone who is open carrying has access to more areas of the state than someone who is concealed carrying. You must take a thorough training course before getting a permit. Currently, there are 119,162 concealed carry permits in Nevada.
Nevada’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
Nevada only allows reciprocity with states that are on their “allowed” list. Nevada has signed reciprocity agreements with the states that they honor. These thirty-one states allow a Nevada gun permit for residents:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These states honor a Nevada gun permit for non-residents, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In kind, Nevada honor thirty permits for these states, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
These thirteen states will not allow a Nevada permit:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington.
Nevada is a “Shall Issue” state that also allows open carry throughout most areas. You must apply to your local sheriff’s office if you want a concealed carry permit. If you are in the military, and between the ages of 18-20, as long as you have not been dishonorably discharged you can get a permit easily. If you are a non-resident, you will need to apply in person. Some “off limits” areas that you cannot carry in are; airports, schools, childcare facilities, universities, courthouse, law enforcement agencies, prisons, jails, buildings with metal detectors and the Hoover Dam. You can legally carry in your car, state parks, and restaurants. You do not have to notify an officer when carrying. You also do not have to observe any “no weapons” signs.
If you want to apply for a concealed carry permit, you must be 21 or older, show that you have completed firearms training and are not a fugitive from justice. You may not have any mental illness, or have any DUI or drug charges against you. You cannot have any felonies or have been convicted of any violent offenses, domestic abuse or stalking. You cannot be on parole. You must also be a U.S. citizen. You must also comply with all federal regulations. The cost for a permit is $96.25, and the renewal is only $61.25. Your license is good for five years.
Nevada is a “point of contact” state, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS) runs their own background check before the sale of any firearms. As part of the Brady Point of Sale program, licensed dealers are required by law to run a federal background check using the NCIS system before selling to a buyer. Private sales do not need any background checks. People with carry permits are excluded from having to have a background check run on them.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Individual | Permit to carry concealed firearms||$96.25 (Varies by County)||$61.25 (Varies by County)|
Late Renewal: $76.25
Late Renewal (more than 120 days): $96.25
|CCW Permit Name Change: $25.00|
Duplicate Permit/Late Fee/Address Change: $15.00
|Up to $150|
|State and national forests||Public schools and private schools|
|Road side rest areas||Child-care facilities|
|Vehicle||Facilities belonging to the University of Nevada, the Community College System, any other vocational/technical school|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Law enforcement agency facilities|
|Courthouses and courtrooms|
|Prisons, jails and detention facilities|
|Any buildings with metal detectors or signs prohibiting firearms at each public entrance|
|Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|Monday – Friday:||8:00 am - 3:00 pm|
|Address:||Department of Public Safety|
Records, Communications and Compliance Division
333 West Nye Lane, Suite 100
|City:||Carson City, NV 89706|
|Phone:||(775) 684-6262 |
911 E Musser St, Carson City, NV 89701
180 W A St, Fallon, NV 89406
400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd, Bldg. C Las Vegas, NV 89106
1038 Buckeye Road, P.O. Box 218 Minden, NV. 89423
775 W. Silver St Elko, NV 89801
233 Crook Ave., PO Box 520 Goldfield, NV 89013
411 N Main St, Eureka, NV 89316
50 West Fifth Street Winnemucca, NV 89445