Anyone who has visited Nevada recently has probably seen many advertisements for machine gun ranges and gun shows. Although Nevada may seem like it would be lenient toward ownership, carrying, and use of weapons, in reality it has strict gun laws.
If you are arrested for any of the following Nevada crimes:
Contact LV Criminal Defense who can help you protect your record from a felony conviction and loss of immigration rights, gun rights, or the ability to get employed in the future.
Nevada does not require registration to purchase or own a weapon, as long as the owner is over the age of 18. A person must meet stricter requirements and be older than 21 to qualify for a Concealed Carry Permit.
A person can be arrested for possessing a firearm if they meet any of these criteria:
Gun crimes can range from Category A to D felonies, with 1 to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in jail.
If a deadly weapon is used or carried while a person commits another crime such as robbery or burglary, the court can impose a “sentence enhancement” up to double the sentence allowed for the crime itself.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Nevada allows a person who lawfully possesses a gun to carry it most places (see “Where are guns allowed?” below). However, the weapon must be openly displayed, which means that it cannot be concealed by clothing or in a bag or purse. This is what it means to “open carry.”
If a person has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, he or she may carry the weapon in a bag or under clothing. Without a permit, concealing a weapon is a Category C felony which carries jail time and fines.
Guns are allowed in most places except public and governmental buildings, such as:
There are certain exceptions to all of these, and a qualified Nevada defense lawyer can provide more information about your gun rights.
If you meet the requirements of Nevada law, the sheriff of the county where you apply must provide a concealed weapons permit to you.
Concealed weapons permits are not available for people who:
Prior convictions for assault crimes and/or domestic violence can impact your right to a concealed weapons permit in Nevada. If you are arrested for any of these crimes, a Nevada criminal lawyer can help reduce the charges to avoid restrictions on gun ownership in the future.
Selling firearms in Las Vegas to people who are not allowed to own a gun can carry serious penalties. Usually, the charge is a Category B felony, with sentences up to 10 years in a Nevada prison and fines up to $10,000. The seller must know that the person is prohibited from owning a gun; for example, the seller can only be convicted if he or she knew the purchase is a convicted felon.
Nevada expects gun owners to be responsible with their weapons. Therefore, it is a crime to draw a weapon to threaten or scare someone, to shoot from a building or vehicle, or to shoot in the air in a populated area.
Concealed weapons permits require the applicant to take a firearm safety course, which covers responsible gun ownership and competent use of a firearm.
Any crime which involves or uses a weapon carries serious penalties in Nevada that can have long-lasting consequences for a defendant’s future employment and civil rights. If you have been arrested for a crime involving a weapon in Las Vegas, contact Nick Wooldridge for your strongest defense.