Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Similarly, Nevada prohibits any person from owning or possessing a firearm if he or she:

  • Has been convicted of a felony in Nevada, any other state, or under federal law;
  • Is a fugitive from justice;
  • Is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance;
  • Is otherwise prohibited by federal law from having a firearm in his or her possession or under his or her custody or control;
  • Has been adjudicated mentally ill or has been committed to any mental health facility by a court of this State, any other state or the United States;
  • Has entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill in a court of this State, any other state or the United States;
  • Has been found guilty but mentally ill in a court of this State, any other state or the United States;
  • Has been acquitted by reason of insanity in a court of this State, any other state or the United States; or
  • Is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.1

Firearm transfers by private sellers (non-firearms dealers) are not subject to background checks in Nevada, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions still apply. Nevada does, however, provide that a private person who wishes to transfer a firearm may request that the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History perform a background check on the transferee. See the Nevada Private Sales section for further information.

See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 202.360(1), (2). ⤴︎