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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Nevada.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 18 September
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Nevada
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Similarly, Nevada prohibits any person from owning or possessing a firearm if he or she:
- Has been convicted of a felony in Nevada, any other state, or under federal law;
- Is a fugitive from justice;
- Is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance;
- Has been adjudicated mentally ill or has been committed to any mental health facility; or
- Is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.
Firearm transfers by private sellers (non-firearms dealers) are not subject to background checks in Nevada, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions still apply. Nevada does, however, provide that a private person who wishes to transfer a firearm may request that the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History perform a background check on the transferee…
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