In this section, our attorneys explain Nevada’s criminal laws and legal concepts, A to Z
Criminal Defense » Does Nevada have open carry reciprocity?
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 is when the gun is visible to others. People typically open carry by either:
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:
People need a current and valid CCW permit in order to conceal carry legally in Nevada. The permit may be from Nevada or a reciprocal state. Conceal carrying without a permit (NRS 202.350) is a category C felony. The penalty is:
However, simply forgetting to carry a CCW permit carries only a $25 civil fine.
There are certain locations where firearms are prohibited. It does not matter whether they are open- or closed-carried. These include (with some exceptions):
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:
Trespass cases typically occur in casinos.
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.
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