Have CCW, Will Travel (To Las Vegas, Baby!)

Have CCW, Will Travel (To Las Vegas, Baby!)

Have CCW, Will Travel (To Las Vegas, Baby!)

So you’ve decided to go get a CCW. Good for you. You’ve made a decision many of us who read or are involved in this blog have already done. We all support and applaud your decision. You’ve taken your class and done what your state requires you to do to obtain the permit. You’ve checked our Concealed Carry Reciprocity Maps and found out what states honor your permit. If you’re lucky, then you probably have your fair share of states covered. However, if you’re one of the unfortunate one’s like me whose permit is not accepted by some other states that you wish to travel in, then you have some decision making to do. If you travel frequently, especially by car, or some other personal vehicle state to state, then you want to be legal at all times while carrying your weapon. I travel quite frequently, and my situation was one of the worst case scenarios. I’m from Colorado. There are several states that I travel to/through that don’t recognize my CCW permit. Nevada is one of those states. So, I did a little homework and discovered that Nevada will issue a permit to those who are non-residents. Once you have a Nevada permit, then you are good in 24 states (that’s an excellent start!). Currently the Nevada CCW is honored in: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, North Dakota and Wisconsin(Michigan honors the permit only if held by NV residents). Now, here’s the great news. If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, you can take the CCW class FREE! That’s right, folks. The Gun Store, located on Tropicana Avenue puts their money where their mouth is. They offer the class absolutely free. The only thing you have to pay for is the ammo used to qualify at their range. They don’t even charge for the range time! I took their class on June 11, 2014 and was pleasantly surprised. The entire course is a single day running from 9 AM to 6 PM. They provide 2 NRA certified instructors to get you through the training. The first instructor of the day was Tony Dee. He’s a retired cop who makes the dry subject matter entertaining and informative. He has a story about nearly every subject covered that gives you some insight into what the subject matter is all about. I truly appreciated not only his wit but his ability to convey information effectively. Next up was Gwen Eaton. She has a wholly different approach to the class, but in my opinion, is just as effective. She taught a few rookies in the class about the finer points of cleaning a handgun. In fact, she demonstrated on two different students’ personal guns, a revolver and semi-auto. If you don’t want to travel all the way to Las Vegas (if that is far from you) with your own gun, no problem, they’ll rent you a gun to qualify with. There’s more great news. The Gun Store also has applications to submit to Florida for a CCW. Their class is accepted by the folks there. They will answer all your questions about how to submit the application. Adding Florida to your wallet provides another 7 states not already covered by Nevada. Those states are Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. Combined you now have 31 of the 50 states covered by taking this free class. Obviously, this is only a good deal if you already intend to take a trip to Las Vegas from wherever you live. However, if you’re in vacation planning mode, make sure you schedule an extra day in your plans to attend the class. The next day take your documentation to the Las Vegas Police Department and submit your Nevada application. It took me about 3 hours to get through the process. Once finished, they’ll mail you your CCW to your home address. The Florida documentation has to be mailed separately, but a small fee paid to the LVMPD will get you a set of fingerprints you’ll need to submit that application as well. Here’s a few links for you to check out:

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  • hojo

    I would like to add that The Range 702 at 4699 Dean Martin Drive also offers the CCW class free.

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  • gunrunner

    Bob Irwin the owner of the gun store is one of the worst representatives of the 2nd Amendment he used to teach the classes but people were fed up with his interpretations and flat out misreadings of the NRS. Please do yourself a favor and look up some of the better guys in Vegas. There’s a reason no one will pay for his course.

    • RTuck

      They charge for the other classes. So, they aren’t giving away the class because they can’t charge for it. Even at the price of “free” some people will find a reason to complain. I don’t know anything about Mr. Irwin, but the two instructors there were very good. If they’re giving away the class, who cares what Mr. Irwin has to do with it anyway, good or bad?

  • Jeffrey Jessup

    I already have a Nevada CCW but just wanted to give the Gun Store a thumbs up. Took my grandson there and really enjoyed firing several fully automatic weapons. It was a pricy experience but for us it was probably a once in a life time fun time that we will both cherish for our entire lives. We did the WWII package and still have the targets hanging on our wall at home as a keep sake from that day.

  • I live next door in AZ and my permit isn’t good in NV. Go figure. Would have to take a course in NV to get a non-resident permit there?

    • RTuck

      Yes, they require you take thier course

  • Cobrawing

    I think a lot of us knew about “The Gun Store” in Vegas, but it’s always nice to provide that information to others who may not know. They do offer an opportunity to shoot a good selection of full auto weapons but honestly the price they’re charging for it is beyond ridiculous. The free CCW class however is indeed a bargain. I have my CCW permits now from Arizona, Utah and Florida and my retired peace officer I.D. card from California gives me California and a total of 37 other states I think. I thank you for the article and the information, but if I may make a friendly suggestion . . . this entire article in a single paragraph was a bit much. Breaking it up into a paragraphs would make it flow a lot easier. Thanks again!

    • RTuck

      You are right. However, you can blame the editor. I did have it sectioned off! I’ll send you the original if you’d like!

  • DougS

    I originally obtained my CCW licenses from California (resident)
    and Arizona (non-resident). Nevada recognized my Arizona license until February
    of last year (2013) when they decided to immediately withdraw CCW reciprocity. I
    took my free Nevada CCW class last May at The Gun Store and was pleased with
    the instructors, Robert Eaton and Gwen Eaton. I was at LVMPD when they opened the
    next morning and was out in about 1 ½ hours. My Nevada 5 year CCW permit
    arrived 3 months later.

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  • Samuel Day

    Interesting. Idaho accepts Nevada’s ccw permit but Nevada doesn’t accept Idaho’s permit–the same one accepted by Utah, Montana, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, ect., ect.

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    • interstellar

      Nevada will accept the Idaho enhanced permit. They won’t accept the regular permit.

  • Stuart Friedman

    Let me ask a practical question. You can’t carry in casinos. If you are visiting the strip, it is really hard to avoid cutting through a casino enroute to your various destinations. I walked 18 miles one day when I was in LV in May and I was cutting through casinos all the time and didn’t gamble a quarter.

    Avoiding a casino in Las Vegas is like trying to avoid a gift shop at most tourist attractions. They pretty much force you into one on the way out. How do people handle it?

    • interstellar

      It is? I thought it was legal to carry in casinos. Hell, I thought it was even legal to consume alcohol and carry in casinos too as long as your BAC is below the legal limit. Sure, some casinos may have a policy but all they can do is ask you to leave.

      • Stuart Friedman

        I spent four days at the Tuacany and they had a sign that cited a Nevada law making it sound like you couldn’t. I didn’t pull the statute and read it. I was at the National Public Defender’s Conference in LV and decided that I didn’t feel like getting into all kinds of political fights.

        Call me chicken.

  • Jay_B_Siegel

    Mr. Tuck, paragraphs would make this so much easier to read. Thanks, I enjoyed it otherwise.

  • Rob

    Sounds like good plan, but time is too short in Vegas as it is. I hold a resident ltc in Texas and just renewed my fl non res concealed weapons and firearm license. Texas can oly carry handguns concealed or open. Fl which i have had 23 years allows me to carry any type of weapon including my asp-collaspsable baton and it is my understand in TX is felony.
    Dint know if same any more, but used to be concealed hg misdemeanor, but carrying firearm in California. Not registered in California felony!
    I had to go to south central and would take my chances, but cops were not frequent there.
    15 years working in Chicago ghetto with vest and lots of guns gave me a different take on human beings. Highly illegal to carry, yet 30 miles south, legal in Indiana!

  • Rob

    Ih yeah, forgot to tell you what I was doing. I am getting anon res from idaho.

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