Thursday, October 31, 2013

Concealed Handgun Laws in Nevada

In the state of Nevada, adults can purchase and carry firearms without a permit. Although carrying visible weapons is legal without documentation, an adult cannot carry a concealed firearm unless they have a concealed handgun permit.

In order to obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must be at least 21 years old, successfully complete a firearms safety course, and not be disqualified by any of the following:

  • You are currently on parole or probation
  • You are prohibited from possessing a firearm according to state or federal law
  • You were declared incompetent or insane by a doctor or a court
  • You were convicted of certain violent crimes, like domestic violence or any other crime involving injury
  • You were committed to a mental health facility within the past five years, whether voluntarily or involuntarily

Additionally, if you struggled with alcoholism or addiction in the past, or if you were convicted of crimes involving alcohol or controlled substances, your ability to obtain a concealed handgun permit could be impacted.

It is a category C felony to carry a concealed firearm in Nevada without a valid permit. Conviction for a category C felony is punishable by 1 to 5 years in state prison and fines up to $10,000. If you are charged with possession of a concealed handgun without a permit, discuss your defense options with an experienced lawyer before making any decisions about your case.

Learn about other firearm offenses in Nevada by visiting the Weapons Charges page on our website.