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Is Las Vegas an open carry city?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Nov 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Yes. People may open carry in Las Vegas as long as they are otherwise allowed to possess firearms. And some locations inside Las Vegas are gun-free zones.

Where are guns prohibited in Las Vegas?

Some gun-free zones include the following:

  • Nevada System of Higher Education property, including parking lots. (People may be able to get around this rule with written permission from the principal.)  NSHE schools in Las Vegas include UNLV, College of Southern Nevada, and Desert Research Institute.
  • McCarran Airport beyond the TSA checkpoint and any other secure areas.
  • Public schools, including the parking lots. (People may be able to get around this rule with written permission from the principal.) Under federal law, guns are also prohibited within 1,000 feet of school zones.
  • Childcare facilities, both private and public, including the parking lots. (People may be able to get around this rule with written permission from the homeowner.)
  • Grant Sawyer Building (where the Legislative Counsel Bureau is located).
  • VA facilities.
  • Post offices.
  • Jails, such as the Clark County Detention Center and the Las Vegas City Jail.
  • Prisons, such as the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center.
  • Federal facilities, such as the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse and the Foley Federal Building.
  • Nellis Air Force Base (with some exceptions).

Meanwhile, only loaded guns are forbidden in the Red Rock National Conversational Area.

Can I open carry in Las Vegas casinos?

Yes. But if a security guard asks a carrier to leave -- and the carrier refuses -- the carrier can be cited for trespass under NRS 207.200. Trespass is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

Can I open carry on the Strip?

Yes, as long as the carrier is otherwise allowed to possess firearms.

Can I open carry on Fremont Street?

Yes, as long as the carrier is otherwise allowed to possess firearms.

Who cannot open carry in Las Vegas?

There are several categories of people prohibited from carrying guns (whether openly or concealed). Some of these include:

  • Convicted felons;
  • People convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors;
  • People subject to a domestic violence restraining order;
  • People who have been adjudicated as mentally ill or who have been committed;
  • People addicted to controlled substances;
  • Fugitives;
  • Illegal aliens;
  • People dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces;
  • Children under 18 (with some exceptions); and
  • People with a blood alcohol content of 0.10% or higher

Can I conceal carry in Las Vegas?

People may carry concealed handguns in Las Vegas with a current and valid CCW permit from Nevada or from the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Idaho (Enhanced Permit)
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi (Enhanced Permits)
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota (Both types of permits)
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota (Enhanced Permits)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah (Both types of permits)
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

It is a category C felony to carry concealed without a permit (NRS 202.350). The punishment is:

  • 1 - 5 years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • Up to a $10,000 fine (at the judge's discretion)

Merely forgetting to carry a CCW permit is a civil infraction carrying a $25 fine. 

About the Author

Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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