In Nevada law, "firearm" is just another word for gun. Legally, a firearm is any device that was designed to be used as a weapon and operates by ejecting a projectile (bullet) through a barrel using explosive or combustive force.1 In other words, firearms include everything from pistols and revolvers to rifles.
You do not need a license to own or buy a gun in Nevada, though you will need to submit to a Brady background check (which typically costs $25.00). In addition, Clark County (not including Boulder City) requires the registrations of handguns. In Clark County, once you buy your first handgun, you must wait seventy-two hours before taking possession of it.
After you have the handgun in your possession, you must take it (unloaded) to any Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department branch right away to have it registered. They will issue you a blue registration card that must stay with the gun always. So if you lend the gun to a friend, give him/her the card as well, and if you sell it to another party, be sure to have the registration transferred to their name.
If you have already bought a handgun in Clark County, then you can buy more guns without waiting the seventy-two hour cooling off period, but have your blue card present.
To find LVMPD branch locations that do handgun registration, visit the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department website or call (702) 828-3111.
If you are facing charges for a firearms crime, please call our Las Vegas Criminal Defense lawyers at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a free consultation. We may be able to negotiate your charges down or dismiss them.
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