Nevada State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Nevada ranked 32nd out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, the Nevada legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

NV S 76 Removes the distinction currently made on concealed weapon permits between revolvers and semi-automatics, and instead provide that a concealed weapon permit applies to all handguns.


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:

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 2010, Nevada had the 9th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Nevada had the 9th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states 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.