"Background Checks" to buy a gun in Nevada

Licensed firearms dealers in Nevada must run background checks on purchasers before going through with the gun sale unless they have a Nevada-recognized CCW permit.

Background checks may take up to three (3) days. Some of the disqualifications for buying a gun include being either:

  • under 18 (or 21 for handguns);
  • a convicted felon or domestic violence misdemeanant;
  • an undocumented non-citizen;
  • a fugitive; and/or
  • a drug addict

Currently private gun sales do not require a background check. And there is no background check required for buying ammunition.

In this article our Las Vegas firearms attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about background checks for Nevada gun sales. Click on a topic to jump to that section.

Background 20check
Gun purchasers must submit to a background check in non-private gun sales in Nevada unless they have a Nevada-recognized CCW permit.

1. Do I have to get a background check to buy a gun in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Yes, unless it is a private gun sale.[1] Note that Nevadans with current and valid CCW (carrying concealed weapons) permits are exempt from background checks.[2]

2. How does a background check for buying a gun work in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Before a gun dealer can sell a gun to a purchaser, the dealer runs a "Brady background check" through the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS). In determining whether a purchaser passes the background check, the the NDPS searches both state and federal records, including those in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database.[3]

If the purchaser passes the background check, the dealer may proceed with the gun sale. 

3. Is there a mandatory wait-time to buy a gun in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Gun

No. But sometimes the background check can take up to three (3) days to complete. This delay is often due to the purchaser having a similar name to someone else who may be prohibited from possessing a firearm, and NDPS staffers simply need more time to research.

If the background check exceeds three (3) days, the seller may sell the person the gun without having to wait any longer.[4]

4. Will I pass the background check to buy a gun in Las Vegas, Nevada?

The following people will not pass a background check to buy a firearm in Nevada:

  • People under the age of 18 (or under 21 for handguns);
  • People who have been adjudicated mentally ill;
  • Convicted felons;
  • People convicted of domestic violence;
  • Illegal aliens;
  • Dishonorably discharged veterans;
  • Former U.S. citizens who renounced their citizenship;
  • People who are subject to a court order restraining them from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or his/her child;
  • People who are under indictment or information for a felony;
  • Convicted stalkers;
  • Fugitives; and
  • Drug addicts[5]

Prospective gun purchasers who wish to check their criminal history prior to trying to buy a gun are advised to consult an attorney. An attorney can help with pursuing a NDPS records request and an FBI records request.

5. Can I appeal if I do not pass the background check to buy a gun in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Yes, though it is advised that the purchaser consult with an attorney about the appeals process. Learn more at the NV point-of-contact (POC) webpage and the NICS Brady Check FBI appeals page.

6. Are background checks required for private gun sales in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Background 20check 20small

No. It is true that Nevada voters recently approved a ballot initiative that would require universal background checks. But the Nevada Attorney General claims this law is currently unenforceable.[6]

7. Do I need a background check to buy bullets in Las Vegas, Nevada

No.

8. Do I need a license to buy a gun in Las Vegas, Nevada?

No.

Rx call help4 optimized
Call our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE for a FREE consultation.

Call a Nevada criminal defense attorney...

If you believe you may fail a background check to buy a firearm...or are looking to appeal a background check denial...contact our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a FREE consultation. We may be able to help you qualify for gun ownership by clearing your record or other methods.

Legal References

  1. 18 U.S.C. § 922(t)(1).
  2. 18 U.S.C. § 922(t)(3), 27 C.F.R. § 478.102(d).
  3. Nevada Point of Contact Firearm Program.
  4. U.S. General Accounting Office, Gun Control: Implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System 13 (Feb. 2000).
  5. NRS 202.360; Nevada Senate Bill 124 (2017).
  6. Nev. Atty. Gen. Opinion 2016-12.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Free attorney consultations...

Our attorneys want to hear your side of the story. Contact us 24/7 to schedule a FREE consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. We may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. And if necessary, we will champion your case all the way to trial.

Regain peace of mind...

Shouse Law Defense Group has multiple locations throughout California. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

Office Locations

Shouse Law Group has multiple locations all across California, Nevada, and Colorado. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

To contact us, please select your state:

Call us 24/7 (855) 396-0370