In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Nevada acted to significantly strengthen its gun safety laws, but still has much more it can do to save lives.
In recent years, Nevada enacted an extreme risk protection order law, trigger activator ban, and child access prevention law as part of a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, a survivor of the Las Vegas Route 91 shooting. In 2021, Nevada had the 16th highest gun death rate among the states. Nevada also supplied crime guns to other states at the third highest rate among the states. Nevada exported crime guns at nearly three times the national rate.
What Nevada Does Well
- Universal background checks
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Child access prevention laws
- State database background checks
- Disarming procedures
- Bump stock ban
- Ghost gun law1
What Nevada Is Missing
- Gun owner licensing
- Most domestic violence gun laws
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Waiting periods
- Strong concealed carry law
- Open carry regulations
- Community violence intervention funding
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- In late 2021, a Nevada state court found portions of the state’s ghost gun law unconstitutional. Polymer 80, Inc. v. Sisolak, et al., Case No. 21-CV-00690, Order on Motions for Summary Judgment (Nev. 3rd Dist. Dec. 10, 2021). As a result, the provisions prohibiting ghost gun possession and transfer are currently unenforceable. Appeals will determine the final enforceability of Nevada’s ghost gun law.