State Law Background

Among other things, Nevada:

  • Requires a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
  • Requires that people subject to a domestic violence protective order relinquish their guns to law enforcement;
  • 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 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.