May be moving to Reno, NV


September 21, 2005, 08:42 PM
Looks like my time is up at my current job, so I (and family) are looking for a new place to go...

Reno (almost random pick) looks good on paper, appears gun-friendly, and suitable for families.

Anyone from around there that can drop me some hints (places to live, any odd gun laws, what ranges are good, etc)?


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September 24, 2005, 10:26 PM
Reno is a nice area but I would not advise living within the actual city.. Depending on where your coming from you may or may not find it a nice change.
Traffic can be a pain and the weather is sometimes unpredictable in winter.
Getting out east of Reno/Sparks can save you some $$ on housing.
I have an office in Sparks and most of my staff commute in about 30mins each way daily.
I unfortunately am stuck in pinko comminfornia until the kid graduates high school (6 yrs or so).
Good Luck

September 25, 2005, 01:53 AM
NV is very gun friendly for the most part - it's some of the cities that have passed their own laws and screwed things up. I don't know Reno laws but a few towns around here banned having loaded guns in vehicles where it's legal in the rest of the state. Vegas has it's own handgun registration, but you shouldn't run into that anywhere else in the state. You should be abe to get a CCW permit easily there also.

Move, get a Class 3 weapon and enjoy the freedom. It's been 2 years for me and I couldn't stand going back behind "the wall" (CA).

September 25, 2005, 12:07 PM
Don't know what you do, but Carson City is gorgeous. Reno has it's, uh, charms, but on my times through there, traffic was really bad. Then again, it might just have been me stopping every quarter mile for a gun shop! :o

September 25, 2005, 12:33 PM
I'm a Senior Unix Administrator; that sort of limits my options...

"banned having loaded guns in vehicles" -- that doesn't apply if you have a CCW, right?
My Florida one appears not to be honored, but I will get a Nevada one ASAP.

I like what I have seen of Reno, but the wife prefers what she has seen of Henderson; which has pistol registration :( The police officer I spoke to in Henderson made it sound easy to get registered (*sigh*) and get a CCW; he certains spoke of CCW in positive tones, sounded like he assumed I would get it. Figure that has to be a positive thing...

It would be *so* nice to visit both first, but I don't think it will happen. Whichever town gives the first good job offer will probably be my destination.

I thought Carson was kind of a suburb of Reno, or am I getting my distances wrong?


rasko solsky
September 25, 2005, 03:53 PM
I'm a native and lifelong resident of northern Nevada.

In Nevada your vehicle is considered an extension of your home for the purposes of carrying a firearm. The only "wobbler" regarding a loaded firearm in your vehicle is a Dept. of Wildlife reg that's enforceable if you're engaged in hunting.

Parts of Vegas and Boulder City have local ordinances that apply to loaded firearms. Reno and CC don't. (I've been told there might be an old law left over from the 1800s in Virginia City. I've never heard of it being enforced.) Generally, you can carry what you want, where you want, in whatever condition you want in your vehicle in Northern Nevada.

Outside of Clark County (Las Vegas/Henderson/Boulder City) there is no firearms registration requirement.

Nevada allows for Class III "Implements of Destruction."

Your CCW permit is good statewide and is "shall issue." We got nonresident permits through the 2003 legislative session, but reciprocity stalled in the '05 Gathering of Fools. It will be back in '07.* The requirements state that you must qualify on the pistols you carry, and take and pass an 8-hour training session and pass an FBI background check. You are allowed two firearm models on your permit, but can expand it. IRRC, it costs about $30 per additional firearm. Your permit is tied to make and model, not a specific piece.

I haven't shot in Reno in many years. There was a good rifle range in Palomino Valley, about 30 minutes outside of town. Most locals will just head off into the desert, however.

Local law enforcement officers generally treat armed citizens with respect and view them as "allies." CCW permits laws were introduced into the legislature with strong backing from the police and sheriffs.

Nevada has no "retreat clause." If someone enters your home with the intent of committing a felony, you can do whatever is necessary to stop or detain them.

There is no state "AW ban" or even a definition of such.

Generally weird stuff:

It's unlawful to fire tracers over public land. If you want to set the range on fire with your M60, you'll need to own the land.

Anything that uses powder, spring force or compressed gas to propel a projectile is a "firearm." This includes the beanbag launchers used for teaching a dog to retrieve. A friend of mine (a deputy at the time) had to reluctantly ask someone to leave the park after using one. If he'd been using a trebuchet, there might not have been any problem.

Belt buckle knives are unlawful to possess. Go figure.

If you want to know what winter is like in Reno, think Denver.

If you're planning on living outside of Reno (particularly Carson City or Gardnerville/Minden) be prepared for some real estate sticker shock. A "starter home" in Gardnerville is now ~$500k.

Couple of things to keep you from being spotted as a gringo:

The correct (Spanish) pronuciation of "Nevada" is "Knee-vah-dah" not "Nevoda." Only outworlders use the latter. The town of Verdi (outside of Reno) is named after the composer. However, it is pronouced "Verd-eye."

And please - don't ever call Carson a "suburb of Reno." (At least in Carson City.) :rolleyes:

... although the argument can be made that Reno is as much a suburb of the Bay Area as Vegas is of Los Angeles.

Sparks is a sister city to Reno. (Hence the ancient and horrid joke, "Reno is so close to hell you can see Sparks." :eek: ...don't blame me I didn't make it up.)

*Under the State Constitution, the Legislature is mandated to meet for sixty days every two years. Efforts to change this to two days every sixty years are ongoing.

September 25, 2005, 06:27 PM
Just watch out for those cops, they're grossly incompetent over there. I heard they even beat and killed a milkshake man.


rasko solsky
September 25, 2005, 07:19 PM
Was that in Las Vegas or Nevada? :neener:

September 25, 2005, 08:34 PM
On this board, it is frequently mentioned that Clark County Nevada has gun registration. That is partly true: they have handgun registration.
They have had handgun registration since before I moved here in 1984. I am not sure what purpose it serves, but if it was a step in the direction of confiscation, I think that would have happened maybe 15 years ago if it was going to happen at all.
I live in Clark County. In fact, I work FOR Clark County :uhoh:
I own a machine gun, multiple suppressors, short barreled rifles, a short barreled shotgun............ and somewhere around 100 handguns. All the NFA stuff was signed for by the sheriff's appointee without him ever even talking to me. I just drop the paperwork off and they either call me when it it done or mail it to my home: my choice.
If it was up to me, I wouldn't have handgun registration. But, since it exists, I am not really sure what the down side of it is. Maybe someone else can explain it to me.
I would be amazed if a more gun friendly place exists in the world.

rasko solsky
September 25, 2005, 09:19 PM
As I recall, handgun registration in Clark County was handled by the Pawn Shop Division or some derivation thereof. There was also a waiting period. Not that it particularly matters. No part of Nevada is going to join the GFW crowd soon. The Bradys were once booed off stage at UNLV, if memory serves.

Of note, a Nevada CCW permit allows you to bypass the Brady Check in Nevada, per ATF ruling. It saves a few dollars.

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