Nevada Gun Crime Attorneys
Concealed carry, or CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one's person or in proximity.
While there is no federal law specifically addressing the issuance of concealed carry permits, 49 states have passed laws allowing citizens to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from state or local law enforcement. In Nevada, you must have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Nevada Penalties For Not Having A Concealed Weapon Permit
In Nevada, a judge may sentence an individual for carrying a concealed weapon without having been granted a proper CCW permit to a category C felony, carrying one to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
How To Get A Concealed Weapons Permit In Nevada
Any person who meets the following criteria may apply to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for a permit:
- A Nevada resident of Clark County
- An out-of-state resident who received firearms training in Clark County
- 21 years of age or older
- Not prohibited from possessing a firearm by State or Federal law
- Successfully completes an approved firearms course in Clark County (paid for by the applicant)
- Pays the appropriate fee
All applicants must attend and successfully pass a firearms safety course approved by the Sheriff or another allowed by law. All applicants must qualify with the firearm they wish to carry. All fees charged for courses or qualification must be paid by the applicant.
Applications can be denied for:
- An outstanding warrant of arrest (including traffic warrants)
- A felony conviction
- Judicially declared incompetent or insane
- Habitual abuser of drugs or alcohol
- A conviction for a violent crime including a misdemeanor
- A conviction for domestic violence or stalking
- Currently subject to a restraining order, injunction, or other order of protection involving domestic violence
- Currently on parole or probation
- A pending entry of a felony conviction or recent suspension of a sentence for a felony
- Pending criminal charges
- False statements on the application
In receiving a license to carry a concealed weapon for lawful self-defense, you are undertaking a great responsibility. A license to carry a concealed weapon in Nevada is not a license to use it. I am sure you share my hope that you will never find it necessary to use a weapon in self-defense. However, if you do, Nevada law will protect you so long as your actions are justified under the law.
Nevada Self-Defense Laws
Relevant Nevada Statutes
NRS 200.120 — "Justifiable homicide" defined:
Justifiable homicide is the killing of a human being in necessary self-defense, or in defense of habitation, property or person, against one who manifestly intends, or endeavors, by violence or surprise, to commit a felony, or against any person or persons who manifestly intend and endeavor, in a violent, riotous, tumultuous or surreptitious manner, to enter the habitation of another for the purpose of assaulting or offering personal violence to any person dwelling or being therein.
NRS 200.130 — Bare fear insufficient to justify killing; reasonable fear required.
A bare fear of any of the offenses mentioned in NRS 200.120 to prevent which the homicide is alleged to have been committed, shall not be sufficient to justify the killing. It must appear that the circumstances were sufficient to excite the fears of a reasonable person, and that the party killing really acted under the influence of those fears and not in a spirit of revenge.
NRS 200.150 — Justifiable or excusable homicide.
All other instances which stand upon the same footing of reason and justice as those enumerated shall be considered justifiable or excusable homicide.
NRS 200.160 — Additional cases of justifiable homicide.
Homicide is also justifiable when committed:
- In the lawful defense of the slayer, or his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother or sister, or of any other person in his or her presence or company, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the person slain to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury to the slayer or to any such person, and there is imminent danger of such design being accomplished; or
- In the actual resistance of an attempt to commit a felony upon the slayer, in his or her presence, or upon or in a dwelling, or other place of abode in which the slayer is.
NRS 200.190 — Justifiable or excusable homicide not punishable.
The homicide appearing to be justifiable or excusable, the person indicted shall, upon trial, be fully acquitted and discharged.
NRS 200.200 — Killing in self-defense.
If a person kills another in self-defense, it must appear that:
The danger was so urgent and pressing that, in order to save the person's own life, or to prevent the person from receiving great bodily harm, the killing of the other was absolutely necessary; and
The person killed was the assailant, or that the slayer had really, and in good faith, endeavored to decline any further struggle before the mortal blow was given.
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