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Gun Laws » How to buy a gun in Nevada - 3 steps
There are three steps to purchasing a firearm in Nevada. Step one is to check that you are qualified. Step two is to go to a licensed dealer (even for private gun sales). Step three is to complete ATF Form 4473 (unless an exception applies).
Even CCW cardholders have to fill out the ATF Form 4473. The process of buying a gun usually takes a few minutes. But sometimes the background check requires an extra three days to process.
Not everyone is eligible to buy firearms. The following people are automatically disqualified.
People can purchase guns from a licensed gun dealer. This sale may be done online or in person at the store.
If this is a private sale, the parties must meet at a licensed gun dealer.
The gun purchaser must then complete the ATF Form 4473. Then the dealer will run a NICS background check. This usually costs $25 and takes a few minutes.
(There is no background check fee for private gun sales. But the licensed dealer may still charge a fee for running the check.)
If the background check comes back as “approved,” the buyer may legally purchase the gun. If it comes back as “denied,” the buyer may not legally purchase the gun. If the background comes back as “delayed,” the buyer will get a final answer within three days.
Buyers who have a current and valid CCW permit still have to fill out the ATF Form. But the dealer does not have to run a background check.
Neither the licensed dealer, ATF Form, nor background check is required when:
The same punishment applies to being a drug user in possession of a firearm.
Concealed carry without a valid permit (NRS 202.350) is a category C felony. The sentence is:
Possessing guns in violation of a restraining order is a gross misdemeanor. The sentence is:
And possessing a gun with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher is a misdemeanor.
Learn more in our article gun possession under the influence (NRS 202.257).
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, Court TV, 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.
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