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Legal Information: Nevada

State Gun Laws

January 9, 2024

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

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 crime in 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; or
  • is a fugitive from justice.1

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 a felony or 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)