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If you live in Nevada, can you own a gun? Nevada gun laws permit residents to own guns, and there is no firearm registration requirement under state law. In addition, no permit is required in the state in order to openly carry a firearm. However, there are age restrictions to gun ownership and open carry. Under Nevada law, minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to engage in the open carry of firearms except in specific circumstances. There are limitations, however, to where you can open carry, including but not limited to:
Concealed carry is handled somewhat differently in Nevada. While there is no permit required to purchase a gun, and licenses are not required to own guns in the state, there are laws concerning concealed carry. Nevada is what is known as a “shall issue” state for concealed carry, and Nevada concealed carry law explains who can carry a concealed weapon.
Many Nevada residents have questions about whether open carry and/or concealed carry is possible in specific places. Below are some locations in which Nevada gun owners may or may not be able to carry weapons:
How does Nevada stack up when we look at gun ownership by state? Approximately 37.5 percent of Nevada residents currently own guns. There are currently 15 states that have gun ownership rates between 30 to 40 percent, of which Nevada is among them.
How many states have more gun owners? And how many states have fewer gun owners? There are currently seven states in which gun ownership rates are between 40 to 50 percent, and six states in which gun ownership rates fall between 50 to 61.7 percent. Nevada has a relatively high rate of gun ownership in comparison to national numbers, with 21 states having gun ownership rates below the 30 to 40 percent bracket in which Nevada falls.
Regardless of where you live, with more than one-third of the Nevada population owning guns, it is important to remember safe gun practices. Injuries resulting from a gun accident can be severe and even fatal. In some cases, property owners can be liable for injuries that occur if the case is found to be defective. And when guns are used in ways that violate the law, the user can be held accountable.
Gun ownership is important to many Nevadans given the high rates of ownership, and it is important to be safe with open and concealed carry.
Note: while this information is intended to be as accurate as possible, you should read the laws & obtain advise from an attorney about the details of your specific situation. This information does not constitute legal advice or constitute an attorney-client relationship, please read our disclaimer.