Can You Shoot on Your Property in Nevada?

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Nevada, the beautiful state that is known for its exciting Vegas nightlife is an open carry state, making it legal for residents to carry firearms without the need for registration or permits. However, a permit is required before you can carry a concealed weapon in the state. Keep reading for some important to note gun laws.

Can You Shoot on Your Property in Nevada?

Yes, shooting on your property in Nevada is permissible by law. Pursuant to the second amendment sanctuary, the people of Nevada have the right to keep and bear firearms for security purposes, hunting expeditions and other recreational but lawful use.

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Knowing that my safety is being compromised by intruders and aggressors across the state, the state will not hold you accountable for using deadly force to defend yourself and/or your property. Apart from keeping yourself safe and your home safe from intruders, you can also shoot on your property for the purposes of lawful hunting escapades. 

Important to note though is that discharging a firearm can be deemed unlawful in the event that the firearm discharge is done within 50 yards of any area of residency. Discharging a weapon within 50 yards of any dwelling place will only be acceptable if the shooter is the property owner or has close relations with the property owner.

Remember that there is always an option to visit a shooting range around Nevada.

Do you Need a Hunting Permit Before Hunting in Nevada?

Yes, hunting is termed as a recreational activity in the state, but even with that being the case, you are required to obtain a valid hunting permit before you can use your firearm for hunting.

In fact, hunting without a permit is a misdemeanor that can subject you to a hefty fine or a jail time of up to 6 months.

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Can Anyone Own a Gun in Nevada?

Not everyone can own a gun in Nevada. Let’s face it; guns are a huge responsibility and with that in mind, there are certain restrictions when it comes to who can or cannot own a gun. To minimize careless discharge of these deadly weapons, the state of Nevada prohibits ownership of guns for the following persons;

  • Fugitives from justice
  • Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor involving violence
  • Anyone dealing with drug and substance addiction
  • Anyone who has previously been convicted of stalking
  • Anyone who is mentally ill
  • Anyone below the age of 18 unless they are in the company of a parent or guardian

With the above persons not allowed to own, possess or transport any firearms, background checks are mandatory for any would-be gun owner in Nevada. It is the responsibility of anyone selling or involved in a transfer of weapons activity to ensure a detailed background check is done.

Are Nonresidents Allowed to Carry Guns in Nevada?

Yes, concealed carry is permissible for ‘non-Nevada’ residents as long as they acquire aCCW permit from the sheriff’s office. It is important to note that concealed weapon permits are only issued to persons that qualify as per the requirements of the state. 

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Where Are Guns Prohibited in Nevada?

Even with the state being an open carry one, there are specific places where firearms are prohibited. Such places include;

  • Secured areas of a public airstrip
  • Learning institutions
  • Childcare and child protective centers
  • Government buildings
  • Military offices and other federal facilities
  • Postal offices


Gun violence is a serious threat not just in Nevada, but in the United States as a whole. It is therefore important that I observe the gun laws and try as much as possible to retreat from any threatening situations to avoid endangering your life. Lastly, avoid unnecessary discharge of firearms.

James Forrester is a lifelong gun and firearms owner, and an even bigger advocate for gun safety. He created with the purpose of sharing helpful tips and educating others on how to keep guns and weapons safe and secure.