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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2024 ‘Preemption of Local Laws in Nevada.’ Other Laws & Policies. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 22 May

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Local Authority to Regulate Firearms in Nevada

The Nevada Legislature has broadly preempted counties and cities from regulating firearms. Nevada Revised Statutes Annotated § 268.418(1) provides:

Except as otherwise provided by specific statute, the Legislature reserves for itself such rights and powers as are necessary to regulate the transfer, sale, purchase, possession, ownership, transportation, registration and licensing of firearms and ammunition in Nevada, and no city may infringe upon those rights and powers. As used in this subsection, "firearm" means any weapon from which a projectile is discharged by means of an explosive, spring, gas, air or other force.

Nevada provides identical prohibitions for counties and towns. Sections 244.364(1), 269.222(1). As a limited exception, counties and cities, as well as towns, may regulate the "unsafe discharge of firearms."

If the governing body of a city in a county whose population is 700,000 or more, or a board of county commissioners in a county whose population is 700,000 or more, or a town board in a county whose population is 700,000 or more, has required by ordinance or regulation adopted before June 13, 1989, the registration of a firearm capable of being concealed, the governing body or board shall amend such an ordinance or regulation to require a period of at least:

a) 60 days of residency in the city, town or county before registration of such a firearm is required; or
b) 72 hours for the registration of a pistol by a resident of the city, town or county upon transfer of title to the pistol to the resident by purchase, gift or any other transfer…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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