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Legal Information: Nevada

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
March 26, 2018

What is the penalty for having a firearm in violation of the law?

A person who possesses a firearm and meets one of the following is guilty of a category B felony (and can be sent to prison for between 1 to 6 years and subject to a fine of up to $5,000) - 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;
  • is a fugitive from justice; or
  • is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance.*

A person who possesses a firearm and meets one of the following is guilty of a category D felony (and can be sent to prison for between 1 to 4 years and subject to a fine of up to $5,000) - if s/he:

  • has been adjudicated as mentally ill or has been committed to any mental health facility; or
  • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.**

If someone possesses a firearm in violation of the terms of an order for protection, s/he is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and can be sentenced to up to 1 year in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.*** 

Note: Under federal law, anyone who owns, has or buys a gun in violation of the federal firearm law can be punished by a fine, jail time for up to 10 years, or both.****  For more information, see our Federal Gun Laws page.

However, as with any criminal case, although the law sets out a specific amount of jail/prison time, the actual sentence that the abuser gets may depend on many different factors.

* N.R.S. § 202.360(1)
** N.R.S. §§ 202.360(2); 193.130(2)(d)
*** N.R.S. §§ 33.031(4); 193.140
**** 18 USC § 924(a)(2)