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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.
It does not matter if the person is an otherwise lawful and careful firearms owner.
What is the legal definition of machine guns?
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
Are semi-automatic guns legal in Nevada?
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
Who is prohibited from having machine guns?
Nevada state law forbids the following people from carrying, possessing, or owning any type of firearm in the state of Nevada:
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