Recently Nevada removed several states concealed weapons permits from the list of states it recognizes (effective 7/01/2021). Is the plot of our tyrannical governor and attorney general?
This is due to changes in other states' processes. Nevada requires that a state's permit and process be similar to our own. The list is updated regularly as other states change their process.
Per NRS 202.3689, this is checked every year before July 1:
(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.
These are the states Nevada no longer recognizes:
Florida will no longer recognize Nevada's permit as we do not grant them reciprocity. This is the situation prior to 2015 with that state in particular.
2020 List and 2021 List
Slideshow: Nevada Reciprocity and Recognition
So the authorities report that the Sandy Valley Fire started from target shooting. Immediately denials begin on social media. Shooters just can't believe that target shooting in the desert could start a brush fire. It must be a government conspiracy!
Then several helpful individuals posted a study done by, you guessed it, THE GOVERNMENT. Well, those studies just couldn't be right. Of course THE FEDS would want to malign target shooters. Blaming them for starting fires. Everyone knows it's clearly impossible for target shooters to start fires!!! This blame game must be conspiracy to ban guns or stop shooting on public lands or something.
But it's not a government conspiracy. This stuff DOES happen. Target shooting does start fires. Just because you don't want to believe doesn't mean it's not true. The BLM and Forest Service didn't go to all that trouble just to fabricate a study to libel shooters. Oh wait, sorry, I forgot that NASA fabricated the moon landing.
Why would the government want to lie and claim shooters started the fire? What's their goal? To ban target shooting on private land?
Look, if BLM or the Forest Service wants to ban public land shooting they can. Lovell Canyon was closed to just that because of trash shooters and fires. The Las Vegas Valley was closed to shooting because of urban sprawl. Vast swaths of California gets closed to shooting every summer because of fire restrictions. If they want to stop public land shooting, they will. The government doesn't need to lie about shooters starting fires to close land.
Just because you don't want to believe it doesn't mean it isn't true. Got it? Yes, it sucks that people start fire on our public lands that we like to shoot on. It is a natural response to deflect blame away from "one of us." But again, that doesn't mean that stray bullets hitting rocks, some dumbass with tracers, or someone smoking doesn't start fires.
Stop the cognitive dissonance. You look stupid saying it. Focus your energy on educating other shooters to exercise common sense.
Due to 2020 (everything that happened last year), Clark and Washoe Counties have been heavily impacted by concealed firearm permit (CCW) applications. Some citizens are reporting that they have a three month wait to get an appointment. While Nevada has a four-month deadline to approve or deny permit applications (NRS 202.366), that clock stops when the application and fingerprints are turned in. That means some people will be waiting seven months for to receive their permit.
You, as a prospective Nevada resident have a way around this. Non-residents can apply to any sheriff in the state; not just Las Vegas Metro and the Washoe County Sheriff. Counties that aren’t home to Vegas and Reno have less application volume and thus faster processing times.
So as a non-resident, take the required course from a certified instructor. Apply in a rural county. Nye County (Pahrump), Carson City, Douglas County, Story County (Virginia City), and Churchill County (Fallon) are going to be the most accessible counties for non-residents. This way, you will have your permit approved in weeks to a month or two.
When you actually move to Nevada, simply file a change of address with the sheriff who issued your permit. Your permit is still legal to carry on, even if you live in a different county than the permit was issued in. This is legal because you weren’t a Nevada resident when you got the permit and there is no penalty for not moving to the county that issued the permit.
So, if you apply in Nye County as a California resident, but move to Vegas (go away, we’re full), all you do is change your address with New County to your new home in Las Vegas. After five years, when your permit expires, you would then apply with the sheriff of the county you live in (Clark), which is Las Vegas Metro PD.
Remember that non-residents have a 60 day grace in which their out-of-state permit is considered valid in Nevada (NRS 202.3688). Your out-of-state permit must be on Nevada’s reciprocity list.
Unfortunately, the 120 day deadline to issue isn’t short enough (especially with the application/finger appointment delays) to coincide. Even so, it’s something important to keep in mind, especially if you are moving to a rural county with faster issuance times.
In either case, you can openly carry until your permit is issued; and after too. Open carry is legal in more places that concealed carry is. Open carry in Nevada requires no permit and is accepted even in urban Las Vegas. Be sure to use a retention holster and maintain situational awareness at all times.
Clayton E. Cramer
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