Nevadans’ right to own guns enshrined in state constitution

by Tovin Lapan, Las Vegas Sun  |  published on December 19, 2012

In the wake of the Friday shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., communities across the country are looking inward to assess what provisions they have in place to prevent firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.

Nevada’s laws are fairly straightforward, with few restrictions other than those imposed by federal law. Clark County, the largest municipality in the state, has somewhat stricter regulations.

In fact, in addition to the federal guarantee of the right to own firearms, Nevada has enshrined the right to gun ownership in the state constitution.

“Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes,” Article 1, Section 11 of the Nevada Constitution reads.

All handguns, firearms with a barrel length of less than 12 inches, must be registered in Clark County. New residents have 60 days to go to a police station and register; current residents have 72 hours to register a new handgun purchase.

There is no permit required for open carry, where the weapon is fully exposed — such as with an on-the-belt hip holster.

The open-carry option isn’t all that popular.

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