Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus on Thursday, March 12. Many people are anxious about the turmoil that might result and those of us in the gun community fear for our hobby and our defensive weapons.
No, no new gun laws can be passed simply because an emergency was declared. The short answer is that nothing changes regarding guns during a state of emergency. After the gun confiscation fiasco in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, Nevada was one of the many states to enact legislation protecting the Second Amendment by clarifying that guns can't be confiscated, etc.
All the laws that were in effect before 5:45 Thursday are the same today and so on. This is what the NRS has to say:
NRS 414.155 Limitations on emergency powers relating to firearms. Pursuant to Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States and Section 11 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the emergency powers conferred upon the Governor and upon the executive heads or governing bodies of the political subdivisions of this State must not be construed to allow:
1. The confiscation of a firearm from a person unless the person is:
(a) In unlawful possession of the firearm; or
(b) Unlawfully carrying the firearm; or
2. The imposition of additional restrictions as to the lawful possession, transfer, sale, carrying, storage, display or use of:
(b) Ammunition; or
(c) Components of firearms or ammunition.
Clayton E. Cramer
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