Improper Exhibition and Discharging of Firearms
Nevada’s gun laws are much less restrictive than those of California and some other states. However, some limits still apply as to where and how you can discharge and even exhibit firearms.
Shooting a gun in the wrong place, or waving it around in a threatening manner, can result in criminal charges. Firing a gun into an occupied building or vehicle, or in a designated “populated area” can result in felony charges.
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Improper Exhibition and Discharging of Firearms in Nevada
Although Nevada’s gun laws are not as strict as those in California, there are still legal limits as to the places and circumstances of exhibiting or discharging a firearm. If you fire a gun, or even display one, at the wrong place or time, you may be charged with a crime. Some of the instances in which you can be charged with a crime for discharging or exhibiting a firearm are:
Discharging firearm in or upon public streets or in places of public resort (NRS 202.280). It is a crime to maliciously, wantonly or negligently discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm in or upon any public street or thoroughfare, or in any theater, hall, store, hotel, saloon or any other public place, even if no injury results. Police officers who fail to enforce this can be themselves charged with a misdemeanor, so you cannot count on a friendly police officer turning a blind eye to this sort of behavior.
Willfully and maliciously discharging a firearm at or into any unoccupied house or other building, tent, vessel, aircraft, vehicle, trailer, or railroad locomotive or car is criminalized by NRS 202.285(1)(a).
Maliciously or wantonly discharging or maliciously or wantonly causing to be discharged a firearm from inside, on top of, or underneath a building or vehicle that is not inside a designated populated area is illegal under NRS?202.287(1)(a). This does not apply to legal hunting activities and other lawful activities such as a properly licensed gun range.
Drawing, brandishing, or exhibiting a firearm in the presence of two or more people in a rude, angry or threatening manner that is not necessary for self-defense is a violation of NRS?202.320(1).
All of the above crimes are misdemeanors, punishable by up to:
- Six months in jail; and/or
- $1,000 fine.
Aiming a firearm, whether loaded or not, at or towards a person; or discharging any firearm or air gun in a public place or in any place where any person might be endangered by the gunshot is a violation of NRS 202.290, even if nobody is hit by the gunshot and no injury results. This is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to:
- Almost one year in jail; and/or
- $2,000 fine.
Felony Charges for Improper Discharging of Firearms
In some circumstances, you can be charged with a felony for firing a gun in the wrong place, even if the gunshot did not hit anyone and nobody was hurt.
Willfully and maliciously discharging a firearm at or into any occupied house or other building, tent, vessel, aircraft, vehicle, trailer, or railroad locomotive or car is criminalized by NRS 202.285(1)(b). This is a category B felony and conviction will result in:
- Minimum of one year up to six years in prison; and/or
- Up to $5,000 fine.
Maliciously or wantonly discharging or maliciously or wantonly causing to be discharged a firearm from inside, on top of, or underneath a building or vehicle that is inside a designated populated area is illegal under NRS 202.287(1)(b). This is a category B felony and conviction will result in:
- Minimum of two years up to 15 years in prison; and/or
- Up to $5,000 fine.
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