Nevada Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Nevada

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.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 119,162 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 31 # of states that honor Nevada license
  • 30 # of state licenses that Nevada honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 96 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

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 CCW Reciprocity Map


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.

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  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Nevada Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

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.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

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 Gun Background Check

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.

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  • Handguns
  • Long Guns
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NV CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age or more.
  • Provide the documentation to demonstrate competence with a firearm.
  • Not a fugitive from justice.
  • Have not been judicially declared mentally incompetent or insane.
  • Have not been admitted to a mental health facility within the last 5 years.
  • Have not habitually used intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired, including DUI convictions within five previous years and Medical Marijuana Patients.
  • Have not been convicted of a crime involving the use, or threatened use of force or violence, including misdemeanor convictions, within the last three (3) years.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony.
  • Have not been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or stalking, or you are currently subject to a restraining order or other order of protection against violence.
  • You are not currently on parole or probation.
  • Have not been, within the preceding five (5) years, subject to any requirements imposed by a court as a condition to: Withholding the entry of judgment for your conviction of a felony, or Suspension of your sentence for the conviction of a felony, or Indictment by a Grand Jury.
  • Have not made a false statement on any application.
  • You are lawful resident of the United States.
  • You are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal law, city and/or county ordinances.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Download an application under the forms section on this page or pickup from any LVMPD substation or Sheriffs office.
  2. Take a concealed firearms qualification course from a certified firearms instructor. Be sure your firearms instructor signs the certification form.
  3. Complete all instructions on the application. (Do not sign the form until instructed to do so.)
  4. Present yourself to 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd., Bldg. C during normal business hours with the following items: A completed (unsigned) application Course certification Debit/credit cards, cash, a money order or cashier’s check for the appropriate fee Proof of residency (valid driver’s license)
  5. Proof of citizenship, if not born in the US.
  6. They will also take your fingerprints and your picture.
  7. They do a background check, process everything, and notify you by mail if your application was approved.

CCW Renewal

  • ake a refresher firearm course
  • Resubmit a complete application packet in person to; LVMPD Records & Fingerprint Bureau 400 Sth. Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • Each renewal application will require photo and fingerprint submissions
  • The renewal process can be started at any time, but there will be no credit for unused time. Other counties will only allow the permit to be renewed within 120 days before the expiry date.
  • There are two late renewal fees, one up to 120 days over the permits expiration date and a higher fee for over 120 days

NV Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional 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

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Nevada

State parksAirports
State and national forestsPublic schools and private schools
Road side rest areasChild-care facilities
VehicleFacilities belonging to the University of Nevada, the Community College System, any other vocational/technical school
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenLaw enforcement agency facilities
Courthouses and courtrooms
Hoover Dam
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

Nevada CCW Contact

Nevada Bureau of Firearms


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

CCW Licensing Offices in Nevada

Carson City Sheriff's Office

Office Address
911 E Musser St, Carson City, NV 89701

(775) 887-2500

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Churchill County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
180 W A St, Fallon, NV 89406

(775) 423-3116

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Clark - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Office Address
400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd, Bldg. C Las Vegas, NV 89106

(702) 828-3271

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Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
1038 Buckeye Road, P.O. Box 218 Minden, NV. 89423

(775) 782-9933

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Elko County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
775 W. Silver St Elko, NV 89801

(775) 738-3421

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Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
233 Crook Ave., PO Box 520 Goldfield, NV 89013

(775) 485-6373

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Eureka County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
411 N Main St, Eureka, NV 89316

(775) 237-5330

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Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
50 West Fifth Street Winnemucca, NV 89445

(775) 623-6419

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Counties in Nevada