An arrest does NOT guarantee a conviction. We may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed without a trial. Visit our page on Nevada criminal defense laws to learn more.
Nevada gun law does not prohibit possessing machine guns (automatic weapons). However, federal law prohibits the possession of machine guns unless they were lawfully possessed and registered prior to May 19, 1986.
In order for someone to lawfully transfer a legally-owed machine gun in Nevada, the person must obtain a permit from ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). This typically requires a $200 excise tax.
In order to transfer a machine gun between states, the ATF has to give approval.1 And some states such as California ban machine guns completely.2
The illegal possession of a machine gun is a federal felony. The sentence is:
It does not matter if the person is an otherwise lawful and careful firearms owner.
Federal law defines a machine gun as:
[A]ny weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.4
Yes, semi-automatic firearms are legal in Nevada. But note that bump stocks – which essentially convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic firearms (machine guns) – are illegal under federal law.5
The bump stock ban was implemented in reaction to the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas shooting by Stephen Paddock. The gunman shot from the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. This mass shooting killed 60 concertgoers.6
Also note that Nevada has no laws concerning high capacity magazines.7
Nevada state law forbids the following people from carrying, possessing, or owning any type of firearm in the state of Nevada:
See our related articles on concealed firearms/concealed weapons, assault weapons, background checks, open carry state laws, obtaining a conceal carry permit for handguns (“shall issue”), short-barreled long guns and shot guns, and silencers.
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