Carrying in Las Vegas

Carrying in Las Vegas

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    Carrying in Las Vegas

    I'm heading to Vegas in a few weeks and I really wanted to carry while there. Are the casinos posted?

    I will look up NV law before leaving, but was wondering if you could even carry in a casino because they serve drinks. (I will not be drinking)


    Any places/things I should see, or avoid while there?


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    I headed there in November, and would also like to know

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    Casinos generally not posted

    I spent several days in Las Vegas about 3 months ago. I went in and out of perhaps 6 casinos, looking carefully for signs regarding guns. I didn't see any casinos posted.

    I also believe that Nevada CCW law does not prohibit carrying where liquor is being served. I carried the whole time I was there, on a Utah permit. Nevada now recognizes a number of state CCW permits, as you probably know. In general Nevada is a very good state for gun laws.
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    I would like to hear more from the locals out there as I have heard that carry in a casino will get you in a boat load of trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freetrapper View Post
    I would like to hear more from the locals out there as I have heard that carry in a casino will get you in a boat load of trouble.
    If you get caught, it will get you a boatload of hassle, but it is NOT against the law.
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    More Information

    Here is a copy of the relevant section of Nevada law regarding where you can carry:

    Where Can I Not Carry Concealed?
    As a permittee, it is illegal for you to carry firearms while on the premises of a public airport, public school or university, or public building with a metal detector at the door or a sign informing you that concealed firearms or weapons are prohibited, unless you have written permission to carry on those premises. A public building includes buildings and premises of the Federal, State, and local governments or school districts.
    This and other information can be found here:

    Nevada State Rifle and Pistol Association

    With respect to casinos, I went into the casinos at Bellagio, Wynn, Treasure Island, Caesar's Palace, Venetian and a couple of smaller ones whose names I forget. None of them were posted on any door I entered. I carried a 9mm Kahr the entire time, which was very well concealed.
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    As far as I know, what I learned in CCW class a couple of years ago: Nevada has NO reciprocity with ANY State. You can apply for a non-resident permit. This may have changed but if it has, I have not heard about it.

    As far as carrying in casinos, there is no problem. You can carry where alcohol is served and you can even have a drink while carrying but you cannot be intoxicated while carrying (same level as DUI, 0.08% BAC).

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    carry in them. i carry in a casino all the time. even though harras is posted, i still carry. they can only ask me to leave. BTW its suppose to be concealed
    "An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it."

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    About 2 months ago I heard from a LEO that there were 7 or 8 casinos in LV posting. I neglected to ask which ones, but he did mention New York as one of them. Sadly enough, I heard the relatively recent shooting there had something to do with it. This said, I wouldn't worry too much about it though. The fine is $25 if carrying in a posted zone. IMO, I think the $25 would be worth it if it came between the money and the protection of myself or my family. Just keep an eye out for the postings, and be responsible.

    As far as liquor is concerned, you can carry in a bar (unless posted). Just plan on drinking iced tea.

    Note: this is a town of tourists from all over the world, all with different views on firearms and what to make of someone carrying concealed. If you get made and know it, make the call to 911 first. Coupled by the time out of your vacation and the embarressment, the pavement is scorching here and you WILL get laid out on it otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beprepared View Post
    As far as I know, what I learned in CCW class a couple of years ago: Nevada has NO reciprocity with ANY State. You can apply for a non-resident permit. This may have changed but if it has, I have not heard about it.

    As far as carrying in casinos, there is no problem. You can carry where alcohol is served and you can even have a drink while carrying but you cannot be intoxicated while carrying (same level as DUI, 0.08% BAC).

    I read that Nevada now has reciprcity with several states. The Kansas AG's web site lists them as regognizing my Kansas CCH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freetrapper View Post
    I read that Nevada now has reciprcity with several states. The Kansas AG's web site lists them as regognizing my Kansas CCH.
    I hope that you are correct, we would all like to see National reciprocity one day. I knew that Nevada was working toward greater reciprocity but had not heard of any real progress.

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    Embarassing Story

    A couple of months ago, I went to a casino to see a show. The first thing I did when I got there was go to the restroom. When I left the restroom, I had unknowingly tucked my shirt behind my gun (carried in 1 o'clock position). I had a jacket on but I am sure that at times the butt of my 638 was clearly visible. We walked all around the casino, then had dinner in a restaurant before the show. I took off my jacket and hung it on the back of my chair. My gun was clearly exposed but for some reason, I did not see it or feel it until I stood up at the end of dinner to put my jacket back on. When I noticed it, I casually pulled my shirt out to cover it and put my jacket on. We left the restaurant and went to the show.

    No one said anything. It's possible that no one noticed or if they did, they were afraid to say anything or perhaps just thought that I was a careless cop or something. I was never approached by management. If security was aware of it, they didn't let me know.

    You cannot imagine the embarassment and guilt that I felt following this incident. It haunted me for days. I was surprised that it affected me this way, but it did.

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    Nevada changed CCW law in 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Beprepared View Post
    As far as I know, what I learned in CCW class a couple of years ago: Nevada has NO reciprocity with ANY State. You can apply for a non-resident permit. This may have changed but if it has, I have not heard about it.
    Your information is out of date. The Nevada governor signed a new reciprocity law on 10/1/2007. Nevada recognizes CCW permits from 8 other states. Read about it on the Nevada Department of Public Safety website:

    Nevada DPS website CCW information
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    Hi, I live in Vegas and work on the strip.

    It doesn't matter if they serve alcohol. However, you can't have above a .08 BAC if you are carrying (just like driving!). It is a misdemeanor to carry above that.

    If you want to, you can take a course and get a non-resident Nevada permit.

    I've actually noticed signs posted at most of the casinos. They've charged people with trespassing before when they catch them carrying. I do it anyway though. The strip is a very safe place, just as long as you stay inside the casinos late at night. Don't do anything stupid like walk around the north part of the strip drunk at 3am, or off Fremont street. If you plan on seeing a show or concert, put your gun in your room because they will find it.

    They're only allowed to take your gun if you are waving it around and pointing it at people. That is also a misdemeanor.

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    I am a local and I carry in Las Vegas Casinos all the time. Very few have postings. Nevada does now have reciprocity with several States. Ironically if there was a CCW'er present during the shooting incident last year at the New York Casino it may have ended sooner. The key word is "Conceal" Carry. I keeps the variety of tourist from getting nervous.
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