Nevada recently made changes to the reciprocity agreements they have with a few different states. Until recently, concealed carriers from North Carolina, Oregon, and Nebraska could carry a concealed weapon in the state of Nevada.
Effective as of June 1, 2020, the above listed states will no longer have their permit recognized in Nevada. Being that Nevada, Reno and Las Vegas in particular, are vacation hot spots, this can certainly cause heartache if you're from one of these states.
Concerning which states have reciprocation for concealed carry permits, their website states the following:
NRS 202.3689 Department to prepare list of states that meet certain requirements concerning permits; Department to provide copy of list to law enforcement agencies in this State; Department to make list available to public.
1. On or before July 1 of each year, the Department shall:
(a) Determine whether each state requires a person to complete any training, class or program before the issuance of a permit to carry a concealed firearm in that state.
(b) Determine whether each state has an electronic database which identifies each individual who possesses a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm issued by that state and which a law enforcement officer in this State may access at all times through a national law enforcement telecommunications system.
(c) Prepare a list of states that meet the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b).
(d) Provide a copy of the list prepared pursuant to paragraph (c) to each law enforcement agency in this State.
2. The Department shall, upon request, make the list prepared pursuant to subsection 1 available to the public.
The current list of approved states can be found at this page, and the above mentioned states have been removed, though we're not sure why.
Keep reading to the bottom if this affects you as I'll tell you how to fix it.
As someone who lives in North Carolina, this poses a problem for me as I travel to Nevada every year for SHOT Show.
I had an issue one year when I wasn't carrying that made me stop and think about it harder and decided from that point on I'd work it out to carry. My main problem wasn't that I didn't want to carry, it's that three years ago at SHOT I lived in Pennsylvania, and Nevada does NOT allow people with a PA permit to carry.
Let me tell you a true story …
I was broke that year and couldn't afford a rental car, and was forced to walk everywhere I went. I couldn't even afford an Uber as I scraped pocket change together just for the plane ticket and hotel. One night I was walking to a business meeting that was just under two miles away.
After having walked 5 or 6 miles already on the show floor I was exhausted. Still, I had a business meeting to attend and I wasn't about to miss it.
Again, I walked.
Because my money situation was what it was, I could only afford a hotel on the bad side of town. Empty lots filled with homeless folks, and houses with bars on the windows were plentiful.
At one point about halfway through my walk to the restaurant we were meeting at, I had a guy following me around the city in a threatening manner who accused me of stealing his stuff.
I was able to avoid confrontation and suspect that this gentleman was high on meth or some other controlled substance because he was completely irrational. After a series of zigging and zagging across the street numerous times he eventually got tired of following me and sat down on the curb yelling obscenities and threatening my very being.
I took the long way back, still on foot, after my meeting was over.
That incident was an eye opener for me, and since then I made it a priority to carry a gun there each year thereafter, and have no plans to stop carrying my gun.
I've also made it a priority to rent a car and no longer walk the city.
But all of that is besides the point. The point is this: What can I do now to keep carrying my gun in Las Vegas when I visit there now that they no longer honor my NC concealed carry permit?
I'm currently looking into getting my non-resident permit from either Virginia, Arizona, or Utah as Nevada still honors those permits.
If you don't have a permit currently and want to learn more about how to get your Virginia concealed carry permit, I suggest clicking that link to learn more about how we can help you.
Now, hindsight being what it is, I believe all concealed carriers should obtain a non-resident permit just in case. I mean, why not?
Check out the best non-resident permits here.
Check out our accurate reciprocity map builder here.
Check out our book Legal Boundaries By State, here.