Nevada Arms Law

Nevada 2015 78th Session Weapon Bills / Gun Bills

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Nevada Weapons Related Bills, 2015. 78th Legislative Session

This page has a table summarizing the effects of all the bills proposed in this session that relate to weapons. Changes to regulations that result in more restrictions will be maroon in color. Changes to regulations that result in fewer restrictions will be navy blue in color.Green text indicates amendments to the originally proposed bill. Purple text indicates amendments to an already amended bill


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AB357, AB48, AB136

Order of Bills on Table:

  1. AB136 - MDV gun Ban
  2. SB240 - MDV gun Ban
  3. AB167 - Foster Home Gun Carry
  4. SB176 - Legalize Switchblades, Change Penalties, Restrict Pneumatic Guns
  5. SB175 - Preemption Change, MDV Antique Gun Ban
  6. AB148 - Campus Carry+Airport CCW.
  7. AB487 - Campus Carry.
  8. AB2 - Guns in cars on campus.
  9. AB127 - Preemption
  10. SB221 -Universal Background Check
  11. IP2 -Universal Background Check
  12. AB121 - Weapon Expression in Schools
Latest Updates The session is over. Many bills do not take effect yet. Campus carry and many other pro-gun bills are dead, thanks to Senator Greg Brower who prevented a vote.

2015 Nevada Weapon Bills
BillPrevious LawEffect of BillFate of Bill

AB136- Modern pistol carry while hunting
Bill Text
Bill Progress

Although there may not be a specific statute authorizing it:
  • NAC 503.144 requires that no person possess a firearm while hunting pursuant to archery hunting regulations.
  • While hunting pursuant to muzzle loading hunt regulations, the only handgun a person may carry is a one that uses a flintlock or percussion mechanism, per NAC 503.142
  • Allows a person to carry a modern handgun for self-defense while hunting during the muzzle loading season or archery season, so long as the handgun has a barrel under 8 inches long and does not use a telescopic sight.
Signed by the Governor. Effective July 1, 2015

SB240- Private Sales Liability Creation, "Gang" gun sale ban.
Bill Text
Bill Progress

The failure of a person to request the Central Repository to perform a background check prior to a private sale does not give rise to any civil cause of action.
  • Sets deadlines for reporting of criminal records or insanity pleas
  • Amends provisions regarding the national crime information center.
  • Eliminates patient confidentiality when it comes to things that could result in prohibition of gun rights.
  • Eliminates the fee charged by the central repository to do an optional background check on a private sale. [Note: this has nothing to do with the fee paid to a gun dealer].
  • Requires that there is good faith and an absence of malicious intent in order to protect a person from civil liability for failing to request a background check for a private sale.
  • Prohibits a person from having in his possession any firearm if he is prohibited by Federal law from possessing a firearm. Since Federal Law and State law differ on the definition of firearm, this will mean that persons convicted of misdemeanors of domestic violence are banned from possessing an antique firearm.
  • Makes it illegal for a person found guilty but mentally ill or not guilty by reason of insanity, or pleasing guilty but mentally ill, from possessing a firearm.
  • Requires that in order for a person to be banned from possessing a firearm for being admitted to a mental health facility, that they must have been committed to that facility by court order.
  • Makes it so that actual knowledge that a person is a prohibited person is no longer required to convict someone for selling a firearm to a prohibited person. A person can be convicted if he has "reasonable cause to believe," based on what he knows or *should* know, that the person is a prohibited person.
  • Makes it illegal to sell a gun to a person who is not a prohibited person, if you have "reasonable cause to believe" they are a "gang" member (which means, a person who belongs to an organization for which members have engaged in felonies in the past... which is broad enough to be just about any organization that is long standing including major police departments... see NRS 193.168 for the definition of criminal gang.
  • Contains the same preemption language as was passed in SB175
Signed by the governor. Some parts take effect immediately. Other parts take effect on October 1, 2015.

AB167- Foster Home Gun Carry
Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • NAC 424.600 exists, a regulation without specific statute created by the legislature authorizing the division of family and child services to regulate firearms.
  • Requires that weapons are unloaded at all times when children are in the home.
  • Requires that weapons are stored in locked containers or rooms out of the reach of children or made inoperable.
  • Requires that ammunition and arrows are stored in separate locked containers.
  • Requires that weapons shall not be transported in the same vehicle in which children are riding unless the weapons are made inoperable and inaccessible.
  • Allows a person with a concealed firearm permit to possess a firearm in a family foster home for a lawful purpose, but it must be in a locked storage container when not in use, unless the firearm is ornamental.
  • Allows carry on the person by a permit holder if the firearm is kept in a holster or similarly secure case.
  • Makes an agency which provides child welfare services immune from civil and criminal laibility for an injury resulting from the use of a firearm or ammunition stored or carried in a family foster home.
Signed by the Governor. Effective upon passage.

SB176- Legalize Switchblades, Change Penalties, Restrict Pneumatic Guns
Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • Illegal to manufacture, import, sell, give, keep, lend, or possess belt buckle knives and switchblade knives.
  • Concealing a firearm or "other dangerous deadly weapons" is a felony [except with a permit].
  • Concealing a dirks or daggers is a gross misdemeanor.
  • Removes the ban on manufacturing, importing, keeping, selling, giving, lending, or possessing of belt buckle knives and switchblade knives.
  • Makes it a felony to conceal a pneumatic gun. “Pneumatic gun” means any implement designed as a gun that may expel a ball bearing or a pellet by action of pneumatic pressure. The term includes, without limitation, a paintball gun that expels plastic balls filled with paint for the purpose of marking the point of impact.
  • Bans Pneumatic Guns at schools, child care facilities, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.
  • Reduces the penalty for concealing a dirk or dagger concealed from a gross misdemeanor to a regular misdemeanor, and only if they dirks or daggers are "dangerous or deadly weapons."
  • Reduces the penalty for concealed carrying a pistol, revolver, or other firearm, or dangerous or deadly weapon from a felony to a regular misdemeanor. No penalty is provided, but per Chapter 193 of the NRS, any offense with no listed penalty is a misdemeanor.
Signed by the Governor. Effective on July 1, 2015

SB175-Preemption/MDV Antique Gun Ban/Justifiable Homicide
Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • Except as provided by specific statute, the legislature reserves to itself the power to regulate most aspects of firearms and other projectile weapon. (Bows and slingshots for example).
  • No penalty is described by law for local governments creating their own regulations
  • Clark County handgun registration is grandfathered.
  • Persons convicted of midimeanor of domestic violence are barred from owning modern guns per Federal law, however under state law, they are still allowed to possess antique firearms.
  • No duty to retreat exists in Nevada. NRS 41.095 presumes a person acting in defense of habitation acted justifiable unless overcome by clear and convincing evidence to the contrary. However, a similar provision does not apply for vehicles unless used as a habitation
  • Nevada recognizes permits from states which have "substantially similar or more stringent" permit requirement.
  • Lethal force against a felony by surprise against property or unoccupied habitations is no longer justifiable.
  • Local governments may now bows, slingshots, railguns, and other projectile weapons that do not expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other form of combustion or expanding gasses.
  • Local governments may not regulate firearm accessories.
  • State and local government employers governments may restrict employees from carrying a firearm
  • Local governments may now create zoning rules to restrict firearms businesses.
  • Clark County Handgun Registration is eliminated
  • Local authorities enforcing void local regulations must award damages to wrongfully prosecuted persons.
  • Persons convicted of misdemeanor of domestic violence are banned from possessing antique firearms [ex-post facto]. No one is grandfathered.
  • One is presumed to have acted justifiably in defense of a person trying to enter with force an occupied habitation or occupied motor vehicle
  • All state permits will be recognized if the state requires some training, and if it has an electronic database for permit holders accessible through a national law enforcement communication system at all times.
Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately, but damages will not be awarded for people negatively affected by local regulation until October 1, 2015.

AB148 - Campus Carry + Airport CCW

Bill Text
Bill Progress

Killed by Senator Greg Brower

  • NRS 202.265 prohibits firearms on the premises of K-12 schools, NSHE universities and licensed childcare facilities without written permission.
  • NRS 202.3673 prohibits concealed firearm permit holders from carrying a concealed firearm upon the person in these places.
  • Allows concealed firearm permit holders to carry on NSHE campuses
  • Allows concealed Firearms in airports.
Bill Dead May 16. Bill passed assembly. Senator Greg Brower refused to allow a hearing or a vote on this bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

AB487 - Campus Carry

Bill Text
Bill Progress

Killed by Senator Greg Brower

  • NRS 202.265 prohibits firearms on the premises of K-12 schools, NSHE universities and licensed childcare facilities without written permission.
  • NRS 202.3673 prohibits concealed firearm permit holders from carrying a concealed firearm upon the person in these places.
  • Allows concealed firearm permit holders to carry on NSHE campuses
Bill dead. Bill passed assembly. Senator Greg Brower refused to allow a hearing or a vote on this bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, killing the bill. This bill came about because campus carry was going to be added to SB175, but the assembly ultimately rejected amending SB175 to add campus carry. [The reason given by many is that they feared Greg Brower would kill the whole bill if campus carry was added.] The Assemblymen who opposed adding campus carry to SB175 then created this emergency bill to give campus carry another chance because Greg Brower refused to hear AB148 or allow a vote on AB148 and the deadline on AB148 passed. This bill had no deadline except for the end of the legislative session. And despite not having the airport measure in the bill, Senator Greg Brower still refused to hear the bill and it died.

AB2 - Allows firearms in locked or occupied vehicles on campus of schools and universities.
(BDR 15-75)

Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • NRS 202.265 prohibits firearms on the premises of K-12 schools, NSHE universities and licensed childcare facilities without written permission.
  • NRS 202.3673 prohibits concealed firearm permit holders from carrying a concealed firearm upon the person in these places.
  • Amends NRS 202.265 to allow an exception for firearms that remain inside a motor vehicle other than a school bus, so long as the firearm remains out of common observation. Also, the vehicle must be either occupied or locked. The present language of the bill does not amend NRS 202.3673, so concealed carry upon the person without written permission is not made lawful by this bill. The implication is that a concealed firearm can be hidden in the car but not concealed on the person.
Bill Dead April 11- Language was merged with AB 148 shortly after a hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Bill did not receive further attention in assembly.

AB127 - Modifies State Preemption law.

Bill Text
Bill Progress


  • Creates civil liability for localities enforcing gun laws against state law
  • Adds firearm accessories to preemption.
  • Clarifies State preemption, strengthening it by adding the phrases "carry" and "storage" to the list of regulations reserved to the legislature, as well as broadly declaring that the state controls the regulation of policies concerning firearms, accessories, and ammunition, to be liberally construed.
  • Eliminates Clark County handgun registration
  • Removes state preemption of air guns and projectile weapons that use a force other than combustion.
  • Authorizes governments to restrict carry for their employees.
  • Authorizes local governments to regulate shooting range rules.
Bill Dead April 11. Never received a hearing. Provisions effectively included in SB175.

SB221- Universal background Check Bill

Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • Universal Background Check bill from 2013
Bill Dead April 11 - Heard on March 17, 2015, by the Senate Judiciary Committee lead by Greg Brower, who refused to hold a similar hearing on campus carry. No votes.

IP2 - Universal Background Check Ballot Initiative

Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • Universal Background Check Ballot Initiative
On the ballot next election, due to an effort largely funded by Bloomberg et al.

AB121- Poptart Gun School Bill

Bill Text
Bill Progress

  • Prevents disciplinary action against school kids for gun simulacrums.
Passed by both houses and delivered to the Governor

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