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Anyone who is legally allowed to possess a firearm may open carry in Nevada. People do not need a permit or a license to open carry in Nevada. And it does not matter whether they live in- or out-of-state. A permit is required only for conceal carry.
Open carry v. concealed carry
Opencarry is when the gun is visible to others. People typically open carry by either:
Keeping a handgun in a belt holster (without a jacket covering it)
Wearing a rifle on a sling
“Virginia Tuck” – where the holster is half inside the waistband so that the gun butt is visible
“Mexican Carry” – where the gun is tucked in the waistband without a holster so that the gun butt is visible
Concealed carry is when the gun cannot be seen by others. It does not matter if the outline of the gun is visible through clothes. Examples of concealed carry include:
Having a jacket cover a gun in a waistband holster;
Keeping a gun in a purse or backpack
Carrying a gun in a pocket so that no parts are visible
Public schools. This includes parking lots as well. And federal law forbids guns within 1,000 feet of school zones;
Child care facilities (public or private);
Military bases (with exceptions); and
At Red Rock, people may have unloaded firearms.
In places where state and federal laws permit guns, “no guns allowed” signs have no legal weight. But the manager of the location can still ask the gun carrier to leave. If the carrier refuses, he/she faces charges for trespass (NRS 207.200). This is a misdemeanor, carrying:
Up to 6 months in jail, and/or
Up to $1,000 in fines
Trespass cases typically occur in casinos.
U.S citizens v. immigrants
In general, green-card holders may possess firearms. Non-immigrant visa holders usually cannot, but there are exceptions. And illegal aliens usually cannot possess guns.
Otherwise, the same open carry rules apply to both citizens and non-citizens.
Note that gun crimes are usually deportable. Therefore, immigrants should take special care to follow firearm laws.
About the Author
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, 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.