Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) without a Permit
in Nevada
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys


Carrying a concealed firearm in Nevada without a current, valid permit is a felony. A defense attorney may be able to plea bargain the charge down, but the maximum penalty includes:

Non-Nevadans may carry a concealed weapon (CCW) in Nevada with their home state's CCW permit as long as Nevada has reciprocity with that state. And simply forgetting to carry one's CCW permit carries only a civil fine of $25.

A conviction for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit may be sealed from a person's criminal record after five (5) years. But depending on the case, an immigrant convicted of a CCW offense may face deportation.

In this article, our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers answer frequently-asked-questions about CCW laws, including possible penalties, record seal wait times, and immigration consequences.

Also refer to our article on how to obtain a CCW permit in Nevada.

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Carrying a concealed handgun in Nevada is a crime unless the person has a valid CCW permit.

1. Can I carry concealed weapons in Nevada?

A valid CCW permit is usually required to carry a concealed weapon in Nevada, though it depends on the weapon.

Note that weapons are considered "concealed" when they are not readily observable.[1] For example, a weapon may become concealed if the person carries it under his/her jacket, in his/her backpack, or in his/her pocket.

1.1. Firearms:

Nevada law requires people to have a valid CCW permit in order to carry concealed handguns (with a barrel of less than twelve inches (12 in.) long) or pheumatic guns.[2]

For Nevada residents, the CCW permit must be issued by the Nevada county in which they live. For non-Nevada residents, the CCW permit may be issued from any Nevada county.

Note that people with valid Nevada CCW permits may carry concealed firearms on the premises of any public building except for the following locations:

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Carrying a concealed weapon is not permitted in certain locations in Nevada.
  • airports,
  • public schools and private schools (without written permission),
  • child-care facilities,
  • facilities belonging to the University of Nevada, the Community College System, any other vocational/technical school (without written permission), and any other property belonging to the Nevada System of Higher Education,
  • law enforcement agency facilities,
  • all buildings owned or occupied by the federal, state, or local government,
  • courthouses and courtrooms (judges and some employees are exempt),
  • prisons, jails and detention facilities, and
  • any buildings with metal detectors or signs prohibiting firearms at each public entrance, or places where carrying concealed firearms is prohibited by federal or state law[3]

1.2. Non-firearms:

Nevada law requires a valid CCW permit in order to carry concealed machetes, explosive substances (other than ammunition), and some other dangerous weapons.[4] Nevada sheriff offices review applications for non-firearms CCW permits on a case-by-case basis.

People who are uncertain about whether they need a CCW permit in Nevada are strongly advised to contact an attorney before attempting to carry a concealed weapon.

2. Can I go to jail for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit?

Yes, though it may be possible to get the charge reduced to a lesser offense or a full dismissal. The penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a valid CCW permit depends on the weapon:

2.1. Firearms and explosives

Carrying a concealed firearm or explosive substance without a valid CCW permit is a category C felony, carrying:

  • one to five (1 - 5) years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • maybe up to $10,000 in fines

Carrying a firearm in a prohibited public building (as discussed in the previous question) is a misdemeanor, irrespective of whether the person has a CCW permit. The punishment includes:

  • up to 6 months in jail, and/or
  • up to $1,000 in fines[5]

2.2. Machetes

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A CCW permit is required for carrying a concealed machete in Nevada.

A first offense for carrying a concealed machete without a valid CCW permit is a gross misdemeanor, carrying:

  • up to 364 days in jail, and/or
  • up to $2,000 in fines

And a subsequent offense of carrying a concealed machete without a valid CCW permit is a category D felony, carrying:

  • one to four (1 - 4) years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • maybe up to $5,000 in fines[6]

2.3. Other penalties

There are certain locations in Nevada where carrying a firearm (concealed or not) is prohibited. Some examples of gun-free zones include:

  • Legislative buildings;
  • Post offices;
  • Some military bases; and
  • Hoover Dam[7]

The penalties vary depending on the location and whether the controlling law is federal or state. Learn more about Nevada open carry laws.

3. Can I go to jail in Nevada for forgetting to carry my CCW permit?

No, not if the CCW permit is current and valid. People who simply forget to carry their CCW permit and ID while carrying a concealed weapon in Nevada should not face criminal charges. Instead, they may have to pay a $25 civil fine.[8]

4. Can I go to jail in Nevada for carrying a concealed weapon if I have another state's CCW permit?

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People face up to 5 years behind bars in Nevada for carrying a concealed gun without a valid permit.

It depends on if Nevada has reciprocity with the other state. Nevada recognizes only some other states' CCW permits, and the list changes on a yearly basis. Scroll up question 2 for the penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a valid CCW permit

If a person holding a reciprocal state's CCW permit ever moves to Nevada, that out-of-state CCW permit remains valid for only sixty (60) days into his/her Nevada residency. So the person should apply for a Nevada CCW permit from his/her county of residence as soon as possible after moving.[9]

For more information on reciprocity, call the Nevada Department of Public Safety at (775) 684-4808.

5. Can I get my CCW conviction sealed in Nevada?

Usually yes, though the waiting time depends on the case:

A conviction for carrying a concealed gun without a permit can be sealed five (5) years after the case ends.

A first-time conviction for carrying a concealed machete without a permit can be sealed two (2) years after the case ends. A subsequent conviction may be sealed five (5) years after the case ends.

A conviction for carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited public building can be sealed one (1) year after the case ends.[10]

And any CCW charge that gets dismissed (which means there is no conviction) may be sealed right away.[11]

6. Will my CCW conviction get me deported?

Possibly. Any firearm-related conviction carries the risk of deportation for non-U.S. citizens.

Any alien who is charged with a crime in Nevada should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. The prosecutor may be willing to change the charge to a non-deportable offense or dismiss it completely. Learn more about the criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada.

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If you have been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in Nevada, please phone our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a free consultation.

Return to our Firearms Offenses in Nevada Home Page.

¿Habla español? Visita nuestra página web en español sobre leyes de Nevada para llevar armas ocultas.

To learn about California concealed weapons laws, go to our informational articles on Penal Code 25400 PC | Carrying concealed weapons in California and Carrying concealed dirks, daggers, and explosive devices in California.

Legal References:

  1. NRS 202.350.
  2. NRS 202.253.
  3. NRS 202.3673.
  4. NRS 202.350.
  5. NRS 202.3673.
  6. NRS 202.350.
  7. 18 USC § 930; 54 USC § 104906; 49 CFR § 1540.111; 49 USC § 46505; 43 CFR § 423.30.
  8. NRS 202.3667.
  9. NRS 202.3688.
  10. NRS 179.245.
  11. NRS 179.255.
  12. 8 USC § 1227.Save

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