In this section, our attorneys explain Nevada’s criminal laws and legal concepts, A to Z
Nevada gun law permits the concealed carry of firearms (NRS 202.350) in casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout Nevada. However, casinos are private property, and staff may legally ask gun carriers to leave the property.1
In sum, the concealed (or open) carry of guns in casinos is no crime. Even signs that say “no guns allowed” carry no legal weight. But as private institutions, casinos can order patrons to leave for having guns. Not leaving when asked to – or coming back after having being told to leave – is the crime.
This is a grey area. Casino security are not metro police. And unlike government law enforcement, casino security are not bound by the Fourth Amendment’s “reasonable search and seizure” restrictions and “stop and frisk” laws.
Casinos often set up metal detectors outside special events such as concerts, sports matches, or carnivals. And people who do not wish to be scanned can simply leave the event.
Some Las Vegas casinos are also experimenting with microwave radar technology. Gun sensors are set up near entrances. And then casino staff can turn people away who show up on the radar.
Yes. Gun owners need current and valid concealed carry permits to conceal carry handguns and pneumatic guns. (Handguns have a barrel of less than 12 inches long.)3
Only if they have a current and valid CCW weapon permit from either:
Handguns are concealed whenever they are not readily visible to others. Handguns are considered concealed weapons when people carry them:
Even openly carrying a gun on a belt hostler becomes concealed carry if a jacket covers it from view.5
It is generally not permitted to conceal carry – or open carry – under state law and/or federal law in the following Nevada locations:
In some cases, people may be able to carry with written permission from the owner or manager.6
It is a misdemeanor to carry concealed in a prohibited public building under NRS 202.3673. The punishment includes:
It is a category C felony in Nevada, punishable by:
People who simply forget to bring their CCW permit with them face just a $25 civil fine under NRS 202.3667.
Note that the Nevada legislature may change the law soon. If state lawmakers pass Nevada Senate Bill 452 (2021), then it will become a gross misdemeanor for people to carry firearms (whether concealed or not) into certain casinos. Penalties would include up to 364 days in jail and/or up to $2,000. You can find out more information on the differences between a felony and a misdemeanor here.
See our related articles on open carry laws, carrying guns with an illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) (NRS 202.257), felons carrying firearms, background checks, and carrying a concealed weapon in Las Vegas – 3 things to know. We also defend against DUI and domestic violence charges.
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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