2011 Nevada State CCW Changes

2011 Nevada State CCW ChangesAs many of you are aware, there were some changes made last year to the NV CCW laws.  These changes went into effect starting July 1st, 2011.  Since we published this info, last September, I’ve received dozens of emails and have spoken with many people who have questions about this.  There has been a bit of confusion and frustration from pretty much everybody I’ve had these interactions with so I thought I write a quick post addressing the primary questions.

Q: Exactly what changes were made?

A: There were two changes that went into effect.

  1. The Brady background check is no longer required for NV CCW permit holders if their permits were issued on or after July 1st, 2011.  You will still need to fill out the standard 4473 form but the background check and $25.00 fee are waived.
  2. Previous permits required that the permit holder qualify with each semi-auto pistol they wished to carry and each individual pistol had to be listed on your permit.  Permit holders only needed to qualify with a single revolver in order to carry any revolver so no specific revolver need be listed on the permit.  The new laws in effect now allow any pistol to be carried as long as you have qualified with at least one semi-auto pistol.

Q: I got my CCW permit in March of 2011.  Can I renew early and use the new permit to avoid the background check fees?

A: Unfortunately no.  You may only renew your permit within 120 days of the expiration date listed on your current permit.  Yeah, I know you all think this sucks and to be honest, I’m not a fan of it either but it is what it is.

Q: My CCW permit was issued prior to July 1st, 2011.  Do I still need to qualify with each pistol I intend to carry?

A: No.  The new law grandfathers all previous permit holders to carry their semi-auto pistol of choice without need to re-qualify with each new pistol.  When you renew your permit, the list of firearms will be removed and replaced with a designation for semi-autos.

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