State Law Background
Among other things, Nevada:
- Requires that persons subject to a domestic violence protective order surrender to law enforcement, sell or transfer any firearm in that person’s possession, custody or control;
- Submits a variety of mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for use in firearm purchaser checks; and
- Provides that the Nevada Department of Public Safety may conduct a background check for a firearm transfer between private parties if a private seller so requests it for a prospective purchaser.
Nevada does not, however:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License firearm owners;
- Require the registration of firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases; or
- Regulate unsafe handguns.
Local governments in Nevada generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition, and Nevada requires local law enforcement to issue a concealed handgun license to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.
In 2014, Nevada had the 12th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. That year, 426 people lost their lives to guns. Nevada is a source of crime guns, and had the 9th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states according to a study conducted in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Nevada were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 9th highest rate among the states.
Nevada Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Nevada, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.