Nevada Says No To Arizona Concealed Weapons Permits

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If you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon issued by another state it may or may not allow you to do so here in Nevada.

Gun owners from Arizona once had that right here in Nevada.

No longer.

In Nevada and a number of other states, applicants for concealed, carry weapons or CC permits, must attend a class and pass a shooting range course, demonstrating they understand how to operate their gun and the state law that allows them to.

"We ought to have a minimum of responsibility," says Was hoe County Sheriff Mike Haley, "respect for the weapon, understanding how it's used, understanding liabilities and understanding situations that you should or should not inject yourself into. We think that's reasonable and responsible."

Arizona once had a similar standard, but changes made two years ago removed those requirements, allowing applicants to take a course on line.

Last week, following a presentation by the Public Safety Department, the Nevada Sheriff's and Chief's Association voted unanimously to end this state's recognition of Arizona permits.

"There's an area of responsibility," says Haley. "The only way you're going to learn that is in a classroom environment and then a firing range to make sure you can actually shoot this weapon."

Haley, the immediate past president of the association says the decision doesn't single out Arizona. In fact, he says our state only recognizes permits from about 14 others whose requirements closely match ours.
Those with more lax laws aren't recognized, neither are those, like California, with more restrictive rules.

It's an issue, he says, of safety with potentially serious consequences on the street where officer contacts an armed subject.

"It's reasonable and responsible for both parties coming together in the dead of night or in the afternoon to know that there's a weapon."

The announcement comes at the same time that Nevada is considering changing its CC laws. The state senate has passed a bill that changes the definition of a concealed weapon to a "handgun" and removes a requirement that a person holding a permit for one type of weapon, say a revolver, obtain a separate permit for a different type like a semi-automatic.