Nevada does issue carry permit/licenses to residents and non-residents. However, they do NOT accept the Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License to allow residents or non residents the ability to legally concealed carry in their state.
However, by getting the State of Virginia’s Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you can INCREASE the number of states you CAN carry in.
Nevada Concealed Carry Permit
Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?
Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside. This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in many states as a valid concealed carry permit, but NOT in Nevada. This is good for recoprocity to other states only for Nevada residents and non-residents.
How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?
Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years. We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.
How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:
To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_NonresidentConcealed.shtm
You can also go to www.vsp.state.va.us and on the left side of the page click the link for “firearms/concealed handguns” and then click on “Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits” link.This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.
To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.
This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit. If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.
*Laws and outlines are updated to the best of our ability.
Nevada Conceal Carry Laws Updated As Of 2016*
Reciprocity Guidelines for Nevada
Nevada is a Shall Issue state that honors resident and non-resident carry permit issued by the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The state only recognizes Enhanced Permits from Mississippi.
Individuals who are issued carry permits by any of the states mentioned above shall be allowed to carry their firearms within the state of Nevada. Individuals who are issued carry permits by the mentioned states but became residents of Nevada or failed to have their application for permit on the county sheriff approved within 60 days after establishing residency shall not be allowed to carry their firearms.
NRS 202. 3689
On or before July 1, every honored state of Nevada shall be assessed to know if the permit holders need to complete a training course before they can carry their firearms within the state. Nevada will also determine if every state has an electronic record of the permit holders’ identification that the law enforcement officers can access when needed.
Applying for a Permit in Nevada
Note: Starting October 1, 2013, an individual who undergoes training with a certified instructor can qualify for and carry any type of firearm. The serial number and the type of firearm will no longer be printed on the permit.
Applicants should submit only one application to obtain a single permit that they may use to carry all owned handguns. During the submission of the application, the applicant is not required to disclose the type and model of the handgun owned.
Nevada residents should call the Sheriff’s office of the county they are living in. For Clark County, the application forms and permits may only be obtained from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Ten-print fingerprint cards and color photograph of the applicant must be submitted with the application form. The permit fee costs $98.25 for initial application and $63.25 for renewal. Payments made by the applicants are non-refundable.
202.3657. Individuals who are qualified to obtain a permit to carry in Nevada shall be given the right to apply by the county sheriff. Applicants should:
a. At least be 21 years old.
b. Not be prohibited by the law to carry firearms.
c. Be competent in handling firearms and must present a proof of completion of a training from a certified instructor.
The sheriff will determine if the training attended to by the applicant meets the standards of the county before he can approve the application.
Applying for a Non-Resident Permit
Permits can be obtained from local sheriffs or police departments.
NRS 202.2657.Application for Permit; Eligibility; Denial or Revocation of Permit.
Individuals may apply for carry permits to the office of the sheriff on the county they reside in. The sheriff, on the other hand, shall issue carry permits to applicants who meet the qualifications to carry firearms within Nevada which include the following:
• Minimum age of 21 years old
• A resident of Nevada
• Is not prohibited by the law from carrying firearms
• Has proof of training completion
Starting 10/01/10, individuals who are not residents of the state may apply for Non-resident Permits in Nevada. The application process is the same as the residents and personal appearance at any sheriff’s office is required. The Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association requires non-residents to have their training in Nevada. Permit fee costs $98.25 for initial application and $63.25 for renewal.
Carry Permit Limitations
NRS 202.3673, Permittee Authorized to Carry Concealed Firearm While on Premises of Public Building; Exceptions; Penalty.
Permit holders in Nevada are allowed to carry their firearms on any public building. However, the state does not allow carrying on the following premises:
• Public airports and the buildings owned by them
• Public schools and the facilities used by the students
• Child care facilities and the properties of the Nevada System of Higher Education
• Public buildings with metal detectors installed on the entrance
• Public buildings posted with “No Firearms” signs
• Courthouses or courtrooms
Under this section, the following are not prohibited from carrying firearms:
• A judge who is also a permit holder inside the courthouse or courtroom
• A prosecuting attorney of a political subdivision of the United States or Nevada in public buildings
• Employees of the public buildings
• Carriers allowed by the person who is in control of the public building
Violation of this law is a misdemeanor.
The following terms are defined in this section:
• “Child care facilities” refer to the establishments that provide temporary or permanent care for more than five children who are below 18 years old.
• “Public building” refers to any building or facility utilized by the Nevada System of Higher Education, Federal Government, county, city, school district or political subdivision of Nevada.
NRS 202.265. Possession of dangerous weapon on property or in vehicle of school or child care facility; penalty; exceptions.
Carrying of a firearm on public buildings utilized by the Nevada System of Higher Education, private or public schools and child care facilities either on one’s possession of in a vehicle is not permitted in Nevada.
Gun Sign Requirements and Limitations
“No Gun” signs in Nevada do not have the force of the law, but www.nationalcarryacademy.com recommends that you leave a property when the owner demands you to leave even though it is not posted. Responsible gun owners must also respect the right of the property owner. Failure to leave the premises may result to Trespass Charges.
Police Contact Carry Inform Requirements
NRS 202.3667. Permittee to carry permit and proper identification when in possession of concealed firearms; penalty.
Permit holders are not obliged to inform a police officer on contact regarding carrying of firearms. However, the carry permit together with a photo identification must always be carried when possessing a firearm. They should be presented to a peace officer when asked to do so. Violation of this section may result to a penalty of $25.
Carry Restrictions for State, National and other Public Lands
Carrying of firearms in state parks, national forests, state WMA’s and road side rest areas is allowed in Nevada.
Traveling in a Vehicle with a Firearm without a Nevada Permit
There is a law regarding the use of long firearms in vehicles, but there is no law for carrying handguns. When riding a vehicle, a handgun must not be on the owner’s possession and should be kept either under the seat or in a glove box.
NRS 503.165. Carrying Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in or on Vehicle on or Along Public Way Unlawful; Exceptions.
The state of Nevada does not allow carrying a loaded firearm in any vehicle along the public highway. A loaded firearm refers to a shotgun or rifle with shells in the firing chamber or the magazines attached. No city in Nevada is allowed to establish regulations on possession of firearms, they must follow the state law.
Section 2. NRS 268.418.
The Legislature has the right and power to regulate the possession, transportation, sale, purchase and registration of firearms or ammunition in the state of Nevada.
Under this section, “firearm” is defined as any weapon capable of discharging a dangerous force. Authorities of a city may establish rules against the unsafe discharge of firearms.
Open Carry Laws for Nevada
In Nevada, open carrying is legal, and the “off limits” places mentioned in the “Carry Permit Limitations” section may not apply to those who carry openly. The law does not allow concealed carrying in airport terminals, and many believe that open carrying is allowed in public airports outside the security area.
To know more about carrying in a vehicle, check the “Traveling in a Vehicle with a Firearm without a Nevada Permit” section above.
State and local authorities are not allowed to pass laws or ordinances to prohibit open carrying. An individual who is asked by a property owner to leave the premises should follow immediately. Otherwise, it may result to Trespass Charges. Open carrying is for individuals 18 years old and above.
Some states prohibit open carrying on places that allow concealed carrying. To know more information about open carrying in Nevada, visit the website at nevadacarry.org. You can also visit www.opencarry.org or search the keywords “Nevada Open Carry” on Google. For Nevada Attorney General’s opinions on open carrying, check the “Relevant Court Cases and Opinions of Nevada AG” section below.
Carry Law Preemptions for Nevada
The Legislature ensures that there is a uniform law throughout the state regarding the possession, transportation, sale, purchase, registration and use of firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition. Only the Legislature shall have the right to establish the laws, regulations and ordinances regarding such.
The county has the right to regulate the unlawful discharge of firearms. Laws that are inconsistent with this section are considered null and void. Individuals who are affected by any law or ordinance inconsistent with this section may file charges in the court.
Counties and political subdivisions shall not enforce rules to prohibit the possession and use of any firearm.
This section does not apply to the following:
• Law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities that enforce their rules on firearms.
• Court judge who is issuing an opinion over a case.
Under this section, the following terms are defined:
• “Ammunition” refers to a cartridge, shotgun shells and any other propellant used in firearms.
• “Firearm” refers to a pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, submachine gun, black powder weapon and other devices which can discharge a projectile capable of exploding or expanding gases.
• “Firearm accessories” refer to the equipment designed for firearms for easy wearing or carrying or attachments that can be inserted into the firearm.
• “Person” refers to any individual who is permitted by the state and federal law to carry a firearm or ammunition.
• “Political subdivisions” refers to the state agencies, counties, cities, school districts and towns.
• “Public employer” refers to any agency or political subdivision created under the state’s law.
Nevada Laws for Use of Deadly Force
Crimes against the Person
200.120. “Justifiable homicide” defined.
200.130. Bare fear insufficient to justify killing; reasonable fear required.
200.140. Justifiable or excusable homicide.
200.150. Justifiable homicide by public officer.
200.160. Additional cases of justifiable homicide.
200.170. Burden of proving circumstances of mitigation or justifiable or excusable homicide.
200.180. Excusable homicide by misadventure.
200.190. Justifiable or excusable homicide not punishable.
200.200. Killing in self-defense.
State and City Laws for Carrying Knives
To know more about the laws in carrying knives within Nevada, click on this link.
Laws for Carrying Where Alcohol is Served
Nevada allows restaurant carrying. “Restaurant carrying” means carrying a firearm in a place that serves intoxicating liquor. This may or may not mean that the individual can sit on the bar area of the restaurant, but carrying the firearm inside is acceptable, just as long as the gun owner will not consume alcohol.
There are places that use “No Gun” posts like Friday’s and Red Lobster, and concealed carriers should not enter such places. To further understand the laws about restaurant carrying check the laws of your state.
Electric Weapons, Defensive Sprays and High Capacity Laws
202.370 thru 202.440. The state of Nevada does not allow carrying of tear gas guns containing more than 2 fluid ounces of chemical spray that is capable of incapacitating.
Nevada LEOSA Information
Relevant Court Cases and Opinions of Nevada AG
Additional Information and Airport Requirements
Carrying a firearm in the airport’s parking lot is allowed, but the terminal is off limits. The validity period of an individual’s training in Nevada is 12 months. An individual can establish residency upon getting a Nevada Driver’s License.
The minimum age for obtaining a carry permit is 18 years old.
Laws on State Reciprocity: NRS 202.2688
Laws on Using Firearms: 202.253 thru 202.369
Laws on Using Deadly Force: 200.120 thru 200.200
Laws on Using Knives: 202.320, 202.350 and 202.355
Laws on Using Chemical and Electric Weapons: 202.37 thru 202.44 and 202.357
There are no laws found on the use of body armor within Nevada.
Carrying While Hunting
Carrying a firearm during hunting for self-defense purposes is allowed if the handgun is not longer than 8 inches and does not have a telescopic sight. The use of a handgun in wildlife hunting is not permitted.
Note: If you want to carry a handgun, but you do not have a concealed carry permit, then carry openly.
Age Requirements for Carrying or Moving Firearms
The minimum age requirement to carry and transport a firearm in a vehicle within Nevada without the need for any type of permit is 18 years old.
Note: Some states are restrictive when it comes to carrying and transporting of firearms that they only allow transporting to and from the gun shops, repair shops, shooting range, carrier’s own house, business or other property. Other states do not have restriction.
To know more about carrying and transporting handguns, check the “Traveling in a Vehicle with a Firearm without a Nevada Permit” section above
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