Las Vegas Gun Attorney Explains the Charge of Improper Exhibition of a Firearm in Nevada (NRS 202)

improper-exhibitionNevada is considered a gun friendly state. Visitors to Las Vegas may have seen advertisements for machine gun ranges and gun shows, and may know that registration is not required to purchase a firearm in Nevada. Still, the penalties for improperly displaying, carrying, or owning a firearm in Nevada are serious.

If you have been arrested for improperly exhibiting a weapon in Las Vegas, retain a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Important rights are at stake, including the future right to carry a concealed weapon and immigration status. We have a track record that is unmatched.

What does it mean to improperly exhibit a firearm in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Nevada gun laws expect gun owners to be responsible with their weapons. Improper exhibition of a firearm can include any of the following crimes:

  • Aiming a gun at a person, whether or not it is loaded (NRS 202.290);
  • Shooting a gun into the air or in a place that might endanger people (NRS 202.280);
  • Shooting out of a vehicle, or building (NRS 202.285); or
  • Drawing a gun in a threatening manner not needed for self-defense (NRS 202.320).

Penalties for improper exhibition of a weapon in Nevada

Depending on the case, the penalty for improperly displaying a gun can range from a gross misdemeanor to a felony.

If a gun is drawn in a threatening manner, the penalty is a gross misdemeanor unless the gun is fired or someone is injured. Gross misdemeanors in Nevada can result in jail time of up to 1 year and a minimum fine of $1,000.

If the gun is drawn and fired in a populated area from within a building or vehicle, the offense is a Category B felony. Nevada Category B felonies carry prison sentences from 2 to 15 years and fines up to $5,000.

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Each time a weapon is exhibited improperly can result in its own separate charge.

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Improperly exhibiting a firearm in Nevada, which can include firing it even when no one is injured or intended to be hit, carries serious consequences.

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