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Nevada Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 06/17/2019
Carry allowed with my Nevada permit?
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Summary of Nevada Gun Laws

Nevada is a shall-issue state with concealed carry permits issued at the county level.

No permit, background check or firearms registration is required when buying a handgun from a private individual. In addition, no permit is required to purchase a handgun, however a background check is required to be completed by a Federally licensed firearms dealer for anyone that doesn’t have a Nevada Firearm permit. Although a referendum requiring that all private gun sales require background checks was passed in November 2016, the attorney general released an opinion that the law is unenforceable. However, as of January 2, 2020, sales will be required to be conducted through a licensed federal firearms dealer with a background check.  There are exceptions for some temporary transfers and sales or transfers of firearms between immediate family members. 

Open carry is legal in Nevada. Anyone 18 and older who can legally possess a firearm may openly carry virtually anywhere in the state. For open carry in a vehicle, the firearm may be anywhere except concealed upon the person without a concealed firearms permit. Open carry is actually legal in more places than concealed carry is. Signs on public buildings only prohibit concealed carry. Areas that are off-limits include school premises, including parking lots and wherever legislature is conducting business.

Concealed carry is legal with a Nevada Firearm permit or a license/permit from a state Nevada honors. To apply for a Concealed Firearm Permit, a person must be 21 (18 for military), complete an approved course in firearm safety and demonstrate competence (qualify) with any handgun. Both residents and nonresidents can obtain permits. Some areas are off-limits, including school premises, including parking lots and inside public airports. In terms of reciprocity, Nevada recognizes permits from states that meet specific criteria and maintains the list on their website. 

Nevada is a Castle Doctrine state and has a "stand your ground" law. In Nevada, the use of force for self-defense must meet certain criteria. The force used must be immediately necessary, must be in good faith and must be a reasonable response to the aggressor's actions. The use of deadly force may only be used to protect one's self from the immediate threat of rape, kidnapping, serious injury or death. There is no duty to retreat inside one's home or place of work. This only applies if the person is not the original aggressor and has a right to be present at the location where deadly force is used. Force which is intended or likely to cause death or bodily injury is immune from civil liability or the wrongful death of a person against whom such force was used if the use of such force was justified. 

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Reciprocating States.
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Nevada Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Nevada allow constitutional carry?


Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Nevada?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. 

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Nevada requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Nevada to get a concealed carry permit?


Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Nevada with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?


Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Nevada issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Non-resident permits are issued to anyone who qualifies. However, you must apply in person at the issuing office. The application process is exactly the same as for residents.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Nevada allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

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Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Nevada?

Yes, with a permit. Without a permit, a handgun may not be concealed on your person. It must either be entirely visible or in a concealed place away from your person. In addition, although this ordinance conflicts with Nevada state law, North Las Vegas city ordinance 9.32.080 prohibits the carrying of dangerous and deadly weapons in vehicles unless carried in good faith for the purpose of “honest work, trade or business, or for the purpose of legitimate sport or recreation.” 

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Nevada?

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Nevada?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Nevada?

Yes, unless posted and provided you have a blood alcohol content lower than 0.08.

[Nev. Rev. Stat. § 202.257]
Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Nevada have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Nevada state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Nevada?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Nevada have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?


Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Nevada have ammunition restrictions?

 Yes. Metal-penetrating bullets are prohibited.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Nevada? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.



Does Nevada have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except local authorities may:

  • Regulate, restrict or prohibit the discharge of firearms within its boundaries; and
  • Regulate the carrying of firearms by public employees during or in the course of official duties.

[Nev. Rev. Stat. § 268.418]

Red Flag Law?

Does Nevada have a red flag law?

No. However the Governor signed AB 291 on June 14, 2019 which included an extreme risk prevention order law which will become effective on January 1, 2020. The law authorizes a family or household member or a law enforcement officer to file a verified application to obtain an ex parte or extended order against a person who poses a risk of causing personal injury to himself or herself or another person by possessing or having under his or her custody or control or by purchasing or otherwise acquiring any firearm.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Nevada?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes."
Article 1, Section 11, Paragraph 1

Nevada Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Nevada honor?

Florida (handguns only)
Idaho (Enhanced permits only)
Mississippi (Enhanced permits only)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (Enhanced permits only and at least 21 years old)
Utah (and at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (and at least 21 years old)

The State of Nevada recognizes other states' permits in accordance with SB 175 and AB 488 and maintains the list on their website. The minimum age is 21 years old.

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Other States' Reciprocity With Nevada

Which states honor permits from Nevada?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Nevada

Which states honor permits from Nevada with restrictions?

Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Wisconsin (issued/renewed on or after 7/1/2011)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Nevada Concealed Carry Permit Information


An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Be a lawful resident of the United States; 
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from military service;
  • Provide the documentation to demonstrate competence with a firearm;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Not have been judicially declared mentally incompetent or insane;
  • Not have been admitted to a mental health facility within the last 5 years;
  • Not have habitually used intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance to the extent that your normal faculties were impaired, including DUI convictions within previous 5 years; 
  • Not be a medical marijuana patient;
  • Not have been convicted of a crime involving the use or threatened use of force or violence, including misdemeanor convictions, within the last 3 years;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or stalking, or currently subject to a restraining order or other order of protection against violence;
  • Not be currently subject to an ex parte or extended  order for protection against high-risk behavior (effective on January 1, 2020);
  • Not be currently on parole or probation;
  • Not have been, within the preceding 5 years, subject to any requirements imposed by a court as a condition to withholding the entry of judgment for your conviction of a felony; or suspension of your sentence for the conviction of a felony; or indictment by a Grand Jury;
  • Not have made a false statement on any application;
  • Not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal law, city and/or county ordinances; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

In addition, the sheriff may deny an application or revoke a permit if he or she receives a “sworn affidavit stating articulable facts based upon personal knowledge” from any person 18 years of age or older that the applicant or permittee is prohibited from possessing a permit.


Initial Permit  ~$96, varies by county

Renewals  $63

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

120 days


Link to example application for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept (Check online for your county.)

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Non-resident permits are issued to anyone who qualifies. However, you must apply in person at the issuing office. The application process is exactly the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

For name changes, you must present yourself in person at the LVMPD Records and Fingerprint Bureau, provide proof of the name change (marriage certificate, court document) and pay the fee. A new photo will be taken, along with a signature with your new name.

For changes of address, you must notify the sheriff who issued your permit in writing within 30 days of the permanent address change by printing and completing the CCW Change of Address form.  A permittee who fails to notify the sheriff pursuant to the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of $25. There is no fee for an address change; however you will not get a new permit issued nor will you receive any type of sticker with the updated address.  If you would like to obtain a new permit that reflects the new address, there is a $15.00 fee.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You will need to go to the issuing office and file an affidavit that your permit was lost or stolen. A replacement fee of $15 will be charged.

Nevada Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Nevada Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Take a concealed firearms qualification course from a certified firearms instructor. 

Step 2:

Download an application or pick one up from your county sheriff’s office.

Step 3:

Take the (unsigned) completed application to the law enforcement office with the following:

  • Training certificate;
  • Proof of residency (valid driver’s license); 
  • Proof of citizenship; and
  • Permit fee

You will be required to sign the application in front of a witness at the station.

You will be fingerprinted and photographed.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application was approved.

Firearms Training Requirements in Nevada

Permit applicants must demonstrate competence with handguns by presenting a certificate or other documentation to the sheriff which shows that the applicant successfully completed a course in firearm safety:

Training must include instruction in the use of handguns, as well as instruction on Nevada’s laws relating to the use of a firearm. Online or out-of-state courses will not be accepted. There are some counties that require any training to take place in the county where you file the application.

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Nevada Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Nevada Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

You may begin the renewal process at any time, but no credit will be provided for early renewals.

Step 2:

Complete a refresher firearm training course and live fire qualification.

Step 3:

Download an application or pick one up from your county sheriff’s office.

Step 4:

Take the (unsigned) completed application to the law enforcement office with the following:

  • Training certificate;
  • Proof of residency (valid driver’s license); 
  • Proof of citizenship if not born in the U.S.; and
  • Permit fee

You will be required to sign the application in front of a witness at the station.

You will be fingerprinted and photographed.

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application was approved.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 202.3678 establishes that qualified RLEOs that are Nevada residents may apply to the sheriff of the county in which he or she resides for LEOSA certification. It requires law enforcement agencies to offer RLEOs who retired from the agency the opportunity to obtain the firearms qualification at least twice per year at the same facility at which the agency provides firearms training for its active law enforcement officers. Sheriff‐approved firearms instructors (pursuant to the concealed weapon permit law, NRS 202.3657) may also conduct LEOSA qualification shoots.

The Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association qualification info and application
The Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association fillable application

Nevada Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Nevada?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless posted and provided you have a blood alcohol content less than 0.10.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes. The handgun must be visible if on a person. Handguns in a glove box, on or under a seat are allowed. You will need a permit to conceal carry a handgun in a holster or pocket while in a vehicle.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Nevada?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Public and private K-12 schools (including parking lots);
  • Child care facilities;
  • Facilities belonging to the University of Nevada, the Community College System or any other vocational/technical school (including parking lots);
  • Secured areas of airports;
  • State legislative buildings or any other places where the legislature conducts its business;
  • Law enforcement agency facilities;
  • Courthouses and courtrooms;
  • Hoover Dam;
  • Prisons, jails and detention facilities;
  • Red Rock National Conservation area;
  • Any buildings with metal detectors or signs prohibiting firearms at each public entrance; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Nevada Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Nevada?


Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Nevada?


Are background checks required for private gun sales in Nevada?

Yes/No. Although a referendum requiring background checks for all private gun sales was passed in November 2016, the attorney general released an opinion that the law is unenforceable.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Nevada?


What are the knife laws in Nevada?

Under Nevada law, it is illegal to own any knife that is a switchblade or is made an integral part of a belt buckle. All other knives are legal to own in Nevada. It is legal to open carry any type of knife, but it is illegal to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, machete, any knife that is illegal to own in Nevada or any instrument which could be considered a dangerous or deadly weapon.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in NV?

Not while under the influence, per Nev. Rev. Stat. § 202.257
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Related Information & Links for Nevada Gun Laws

Nevada Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details

Added updated blood alcohol level & ERPO to At A Glance table, per AB 291 signed by the Governor on 6/14/19


Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table


Added permit renewal and name/address change info


Links checked


Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)


Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table


Added info on background checks on private sales per the passage of SB 143.


Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology


Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table


Added red flag law info to At A Glance table


Added church info to location restrictions section


Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication


Mag limit added to At A Glance table


Added preemption info to At A Glance table


Added parking lot info to At A Glance table


Clarified car carry/school carry/prohibited places for open and concealed carry/civil liability


Added links


Added Link


Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Nevada

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