Nevada Passes Concealed Carry Reform

Nevada Passes Concealed Carry Reform
Nevada Passes Concealed Carry Reform

By an overwhelming majority vote in the State Legislature, the State of Nevada passed AB282, Concealed Carry reform which allows permit holders to carry any semiautomatic handgun of their choice after qualifying with one, protects the privacy of permit holders, eliminates the “background check and fee” when purchasing a new firearm and keeps the cost of a permit renewal down to $25.  This bill will become law on July 1, 2011 if signed by Governor Sandoval.

Nevada is a great place to live for Firearms Enthusiasts.  The state allows for “open carry” of a firearm by non-prohibited types, concealed carry with a permit, is a treasure trove of wild game for hunters, and friendly to NFA (machinegun) Collectors.

Nevada’s concealed weapon permit system has had its ups and downs.  When first enacted, State-law mandated that an applicant had to qualify with each and every firearm they intended to carry.  Simply put, if an applicant had 4 revolvers and 3 semi-auto pistols that they intended to carry, each one had to be fired as part of the qualification.  This was streamlined somewhat a few years ago when the Legislature conceded that all revolvers worked the same and qualifying with one meant that a licensee could carry any revolver or derringer.  Semiautomatic pistols were left out of the equation due to a particular Legislator who did not like the thought of his citizens able to bear arms.  What that meant was if a licensee owned two outwardly identical pistols such as a Colt 1911 and a Springfield armory 1911, or a Glock 19 and a Glock 23, and wanted the option to carry then, it meant shooting an identical gun again at the cost of close to $20 a box of ammunition.

Another quirk in the permit system involved the background check for buying firearms. CCW holders are exempt from the background check in most states and at one time were exempt in Nevada. That is, until the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbaco, Firearms, and Explosives) found “irregularities in the background check process of certain rural police departments. Having been vetted, photographed, and fingerprinted; Nevada CCW holders were still forced to pay $25 for a redundant background check every time they purchased a firearm.

Today the Nevada Legislature passed John Oceguera’s AB 282, a concealed carry bill with an amendment limiting the fees to those necessary to obtain the reports required for a permit. The bill was amended by Senator Halseth to include all Republican Senators as co-sponsors. The language of the bill should satisfy the folks at BATFE with regards to the background check and most importantly for some permit holders, eliminates the qualification of every semi-auto firearm they may wish to carry. Simply put, a licensee can now qualify with any revolver or any semiautomatic pistol of their choosing and be allowed to carry any revolver, semiauto, or derringer.

Further language in the bill allows for concealed carry in State Parks and should ensure the confidentiality of permit holders against unscrupulous journalists from the wrong side of the tracks.

The bill is headed for Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk and when signed is set to become law on July 1, 2011.

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I hope they don’t jack the renewal fees up on us because of this. Give ’em an inch…


“Nevada is a great place to live for Firearms Enthusiasts.”  Yeah, unless you’re in Vegas.


I live in ‘las Vegas,NV, what is wrong with Las Vegas! Ive been carring for years know and there is never a problem


Ya what’s up with Vegas any way???? won’t be going there at alll..


sorry you guy’s have no understanding of Las Vegas, most police are ok with carring, stop buying into the media, it’s not a hassle to carry here in Vegas


While the world focused on AB 282….AB 143 was passed and signed into law. It changes the law to “one auto qualifies all autos” like we already have for revolvers. It also protects our CCW holders confidentiality. Next one if there is time remaining(only 6 days left in our legislative session) is the Campus carry bill.SB231

Johnny Ayers

It is about time, and I have my fingers crossed! I’m a CCW holder and it kills me that everytime I go to purchase another weapon I have to pay an extra 25bucks to have someone look at me like a convited felon! Since someone in the US has the same name as me and I have to explain myself. Things could be worse  I could live in the Poeple’s Republic of California,as far as being a gun owner anyway. We should all learn from Texas funny how they have some of the lowest crime rates with such a nice CCW laws, oh ya what laws. I for one will be one of those who will keep fighting to keep my weapons in my hands and not only in the hands of the bad guys!


In this bad economy, with all the gambling competition around the US and the world, you thnk NV might be smart enough to relax the ccw law there? Maybe, universal recognition of ccw licenses/permits, as we do with drivers licenses? After all, if I can carry openly, and they require a ccw license (mine PA home state) to carry concealed,why I already have a license to conceal carry! Standing in the way of common sense, dufuses in the NV Legislature, backed up by that meatball Sheriff’s Association.  It is only going to get worse for Nevadans. Foreign gambling is eating away NV state profits, and with it the tourist dollars? When they finally wake up,  a popping sound will be heard, as NV potentates pry their heads out of their asses:-)


have you any understanding of NV ccw law?


Actually it has been a good session for the ccw holders in Nevada. The Campus carry bill was a long-shot to begin with. It was introduced late(considering the weight of what they were after), and there never was a guarantee the governor would sign it. However with AB143 passing then signed, Now AB 282 passed(WITH ONLY 3 NAY VOTES IN BOTH HOUSES COMBINED) and waiting signature. We really made some decent headway. What everybody need to know is Nevada is now a haven for the refugees from the People Republic of California, and the rest of the Eastern Lib strongholds. Its a struggle to keep them from screwing up our state as is. The Sheriffs Association stepped forward and backed the one auto part of both bills. Stating that they would honor/grandfather in immediately all CCW holders with out having to force us to re-do out cards….


“Nevada CCW holders were still forced to pay $25 for a redundant background check every time they purchased a firearm.”
Wait, what? Why not just use the free NICS background check.