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Legal Information: Nevada

State Gun Laws

Laws current as of January 9, 2024

I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

Under Nevada law, a person cannot own or have a gun in his/her possession if s/he:

  • has been convicted of the crime of battery which constitutes domestic violence or a similar law of another state when the crime was committed against:
    • a current or former spouse;
    • a current or former dating partner;
    • someone s/he has child in common with;
    • his/her parent;
    • his/her child or a child for whom s/he has legal guardianship;
  • has been convicted of a felony in Nevada or any other state;
  • has been convicted of a stalking in Nevada or any other state and the court entered an “admonishment of rights” (explained here), which prohibits the abuser from having or using a firearm;
  • has a Nevada extended order for protection against domestic violence against him/her – or a similar order from another state – and the order includes a statement that the abuser is prohibited from having or using a firearm while the order is in effect;
  • is a fugitive from justice;
  • is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance;1
  • has been adjudicated as mentally ill or has been committed to any mental health facility; or
  • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.2

Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict a person’s right to have a gun under certain circumstances such as when the abuser has been convicted of certain domestic violence-related crimes or if you have an order of protection against the abuser that meets certain requirements. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.

1 N.R.S. § 202.360(1)
2 N.R.S. § 202.360(2)