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Las Vegas Gun Laws: Can Visitors Carry Their Firearm Near the Strip?

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By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 07:13 PM

Nevada’s gun laws are among the most relaxed in the nation, and Las Vegas gun laws are only a little tighter than those for its home state. But can you carry your gun among the glitz and glamour of the high-rolling Las Vegas Strip? Yes, no, and it depends.

Concealed-carry permits are relatively easy to get in Nevada, and metropolitan Las Vegas’s slightly tighter gun registration law carries grace periods that have the effect of protecting gun owners who visit or travel through Sin City. Nevada law exempts travelers coming into the state and traveling through Nevada from any gun registration requirements for 60 days.

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But can you pack for a night out on the Strip? The law says you can carry your concealed weapon if you have a permit, though an individual venue such as a casino can say no and forbid your entrance. The Las Vegas Sun, in a story published in the wake of a fatal nightclub shooting in 2013, calls gun policies on the Strip “nebulous.” Security is spotty and patrons often get into clubs or other venues with guns by paying a bonus to a bouncer, or because the security is based on visuals and the gun simply isn’t seen.

The Sun noted in the 2013 story, “Patrons are only explicitly screened for weapons at sports and concert arenas with built-in security checkpoints.” The more expensive the club, the paper went on to note, the easier it was for a guest with a weapon to get through. In fact, the story about the shooting, in which a patron shot at two security guards and then shot and killed another patron who rushed up to help, noted that the criminal investigation centered around whether the shooter was legally authorized to carry the gun.

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The Las Vegas Defense Group, a criminal defense law firm, lists on its website places where concealed-carry permit holders can’t carry their concealed weapons. These include airports, schools (except with written permission), law enforcement and corrections facilities, courthouses and other government buildings (with some exemptions, including judges), and any building in which carrying concealed firearms is otherwise prohibited.

There’s one thing you can’t carry on the Strip, concealed or openly: glass bottles, which have been banned since September 2014. Broken bottles are a litter problem and they can be used as a weapon, the Sun noted. Tourists are still able to consume alcoholic beverages while strolling along the Strip.

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Nevada's gun laws are among the most relaxed in the nation, and Las Vegas gun laws are only a little tighter than those for its home state. But can you carry your gun among the glitz and glamour of the high-rolling Las Vegas Strip? Yes, no, and it depends.
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