Breakdown of the Gun Laws in Nevada
After you spend a day shooting at the Las Vegas Gun Range, the premier shooting range in the Clark County area, you might be curious to learn more about the gun laws local to Nevada. Guns and their regulation have been a highly debated and touchy topic for decades, becoming even more controversial in recent years. Whether you’ve been a Las Vegas local your whole life or you’re planning to take a vacation to the City of Sin, it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the gun laws of Nevada.
The first thing you should know is that only the state of Nevada can issue gun laws. Local government agencies, including cities, towns, and counties, cannot make their own laws or regulations, but they are allowed to regulate where and when shooting is permitted to occur. That being said, the entire state of Nevada has historically employed extremely lax gun laws. For instance, no permits are required to purchase any firearms, and Clark County does not require that newly purchased handguns be formally registered. The rest of the state has preemption for firearm registration, meaning that other areas of the state can decide to require registration at their own discretion.
Even if registration after purchase was mandated by the state, gun owners are not required to own a license, and there are no state laws that limit the number of firearms a person can possess. However, before a gun can be purchased, background checks on any person buying a gun within the state of Nevada are required through a licensed gun dealer, even if the sale is private or conducted online instead of face to face in a store.
In Nevada, there are no laws against the possession or transfer of assault weapons, so machine guns, 50-caliber rifles, and automatic weapons are all legal in the state of Nevada, granted that they are registered according to the United States federal law. Additionally, there are no restrictions on the capacity of magazines that may be purchased and possessed. When it comes to open carry, anyone may visibly carry a gun on their person (meaning, not contained in a sealed bag) at any time without a permit. Handgun open carry is also allowed in vehicles, meaning the gun may be located anywhere visible within the vehicle.
Nevada is a “shall issue” state when it comes to concealed carry, meaning that local law enforcement may issue concealed carry licenses for handguns, but not for long guns, and that the obtaining of a concealed carry license does not require demonstration of a good cause and that any individual who requests one of these licenses may have one. This is opposed to “may issue” states, meaning that local law enforcement may or may not issue a license depending on their own discretion.
Gun laws are known to vary from one state to the next, so before you visit Las Vegas, it’s important to understand the laws and regulations of firearms. Whether you’re a proponent of free gun use or not, it’s always a good idea to educate yourself about the types of regulations you’re facing in a certain state. Some people believe that Nevada’s relaxed attitude about firearms and weapon restrictions inspired the popularity of shooting ranges in the Las Vegas and Clark County areas in particular, since those two areas are always heavily populated and extremely busy.
Even if you’re not looking to become a big game hunter, a sharpshooter, or a skilled military marksman, it might be a good idea to get familiar with the feeling of shooting a gun. Shooting ranges and practice gun ranges can be a great place to understand the basic techniques when it comes to loading, aiming, firing, unloading, and cleaning a gun, so that if you ever have to handle a gun for real, you can be confident in your abilities.
If you think you’re ready to start learning – or even if you just want to have a fun, exciting afternoon – feel free to give the Las Vegas Gun Range a call today, and we’ll get you set up with a safe, educational, and fun opportunity to practice shooting for yourself. There’s no better place to do it!