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What are Nevada laws for concealed carry in a casino?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Feb 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Nevada law permits the concealed carry of firearms (NRS 202.350) in casinos. However, casino staff may legally ask gun-carriers to leave the property. People that refuse to leave could then face misdemeanor charges for trespass (NRS 207.200). The penalties include up to six (6) months in jail, and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

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.

Can casinos search people for guns?

This is a grey area. Casino security are not police. So they are not bound by the Fourth Amendment "reasonable search and seizure" restrictions.

Casinos often set up scanners 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 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.

Are CCW permits required for conceal carry in Nevada?

Yes. People need current and valid CCW permits to conceal carry handguns and pneumatic guns. (Handguns have a barrel of less than 12 inches long.)

It is always illegal to carry concealed long guns (rifles and shotguns).

Las Vegas casino interior, where people need CCW permits to conceal carry firearms.
Casinos can ask people to leave for carrying firearms. It does not matter whether they are concealed or open.

Can non-Nevadans conceal carry in Nevada?

Only if they have a current and valid CCW permit from either:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Idaho (Enhanced Permits)
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi (Enhanced Permits)
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota (both types of permits)
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota (Enhanced Permits)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah (both types of permits)
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

When are handguns concealed?

Handguns are "concealed" whenever they are not readily visible to others. Handguns are concealed when people carry them:

  • Under a jacket,
  • In a backpack, or
  • In a pocket

Even openly carrying a gun on a belt hostler becomes "concealed carry" if a jacket covers it from view.

Where is concealed carry prohibited?

It is generally not permitted to conceal carry in the following locations:

In some cases, people may be able to conceal carry with written permission from the owner or manager.

It is a misdemeanor to carry concealed in a prohibited public building under NRS 202.3673. The punishment includes:

  • Up to six (6) months in jail, and/or
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

What is the penalty for carrying concealed without a permit? 

It is a category C felony in Nevada, carrying:

  • One to five (1 - 5) years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • Up to $10,000 in fines (at the judge's discretion)

People who simply forget to bring their CCW permit with them face just a $25 civil fine under NRS 202.3667.

About the Author

Neil Shouse

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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