Felons Prohibited to Own or Possess a Firearm

Nevada is one of the more gun friendly states in our country, however it does prohibit felons from owning or possessing a firearm regardless of the type of felony.  A person who receives a non-violent felony offense, such as a felony drug possession in any state or a federal court, is not legally allowed to own or possess a firearm.  See Nevada Revised Statute 202.360 on prohibited person from owning/possessing firearms, which include person besides felons.


If you are a felon and convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm you may be charged with a category B felony an imprisoned for a minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 6 years and a possible fine of not more than $5000.

Restoration of Rights

If you are a felon and wish to restore your gun rights in Nevada the only way is to receive a pardon that restores one’s right to bear arms.  The Pardons Board of Nevada may only pardon Nevada felony convictions and not other state or federal felony convictions.  So if you are still a felon in another state then you will not be permitted to own a firearm.

One who is seeking a Pardon needs to specifically request their gun rights be restored as well.  Pardons are granted, however the majority is denied.  The Pardon Board looks to various factors to determine if they will grant the Pardon and certain time limitations must be met before one can seek a Pardon.  More information on Nevada Pardons may be found at


This is for information purpose only and does not create and attorney-client relationship.  Nevada law is constantly changing so seek legal advice.