Traveling to Vegas - handgun ok in hotel room?


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John Q. Pirate
December 11, 2012, 02:09 PM
I will be traveling to Las Vegas in a few weeks for a short vacation. I have both a FL and VA non-resident CCW which I understand are not honored in Nevada, so I won't be carrying anywhere. Nevertheless, I would like to bring my semi-auto handgun with me and just keep it in the hotel room safe, if possible. I will be staying at one of the hotels on the Strip.

I recall that Clark County, NV requires registration of handguns, but I believe this only applies to persons who remain in the county for 60 days or longer.

Does anyone know if it's lawful for me to be in possession of my handgun as described above? Thanks.

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NavyLCDR
December 11, 2012, 03:37 PM
Why take it? It isn't going to be of any use if you don't carry it. The least likely place to need the handgun is going to be inside the hotel room. Clark County registration only applies to residents. It is perfectly legal for you to possess your fully loaded handgun in the hotel room, no permit required, and perfectly legal for you to open carry a fully loaded handgun in Nevada, no permit required.

Jesse 8
December 11, 2012, 03:45 PM
I'm not sure about the open carry thing, I think they banned it on the strip, I could be wrong. I took my pistol and safe when I went, kept it in the hotel room, no problems. Pretty sure it's legal under castle doctrine.

razorback2003
December 11, 2012, 04:00 PM
Keep in your hotel. You can also carry a loaded pistol in your car out there. You can also open carry. You have a lot of options.

NavyLCDR
December 11, 2012, 04:22 PM
I'm not sure about the open carry thing, I think they banned it on the strip, I could be wrong.

You are mistaken. Nevada state law makes it illegal for a municipal government to ban open carry:

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-244.html#NRS244Sec364

NRS 244.364 Limited authority to regulate firearms; restrictions concerning registration of certain firearms in county whose population is 700,000 or more.

1. 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 county 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.

2. A board of county commissioners may proscribe by ordinance or regulation the unsafe discharge of firearms.

3. If a board of county commissioners 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 board of county commissioners shall amend such an ordinance or regulation to require:

(a) A period of at least 60 days of residency in the county before registration of such a firearm is required.

(b) A period of at least 72 hours for the registration of a pistol by a resident of the county upon transfer of title to the pistol to the resident by purchase, gift or any other transfer.

4. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 1, as used in this section:

(a) “Firearm” means any device designed to be used as a weapon from which a projectile may be expelled through the barrel by the force of any explosion or other form of combustion.

(b) “Firearm capable of being concealed” includes all firearms having a barrel less than 12 inches in length.

(c) “Pistol” means a firearm capable of being concealed that is intended to be aimed and fired with one hand.

oneounceload
December 11, 2012, 09:07 PM
and perfectly legal for you to open carry a fully loaded handgun in Nevada

But the casinos WILL ask you to leave, at least on the strip. Now, in the smaller towns, I used to see sheep and cattle cowboys come in with their SA pistols in holsters. The staff would only ask those folks to make sure their hammer spurs and boot spurs didn't rip the vinyl seats in the booths

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