Legal Information: Nevada

State Gun Laws

August 6, 2021

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

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

  • has been convicted in Nevada or any other state of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (as defined in our Federal Gun Laws section);
  • 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)

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