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    I'm in KY and am going to Vegas this summer on leave. What is the general perception of open carry on the strip and out in Alamo?



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    I'm in KY and am going to Vegas this summer on leave. What is the general perception of open carry on the strip and out in Alamo?

    You will get a visit from the PD, they will ask you to leave the area, and they will trespass you from casinos.

    Strip is the only place (other than the obvious federal buildings, schools, etc) that I don't OC.

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    I've gone to Vegas a few times in the past couple years to visit the wife's family there, and I've posted my good experiences in the NV forums here with nothing bad. That said, I never OC'ed down on the strip, due to the fact that it is PACKED there 24/7; I trust Serpa holsters to hold up to any grab, but you can be shoving against folks without a single break in the action for the better part of a day, and I don't play statistics before something scratches, breaks, or finally gets grabbed at. Plus, as is said, you're never going to get into a casino while openly carrying, although the LVPD can't do much more out on the street beyond stamping their feet and holding their breath (which they'll do, I'm told).

    But everywhere other than the street, Vegas is a great place to visit! Despite the Californian influx, 51%+ are still wonderful freedom-loving Nevadans. And better be sure you call it "Nuh-vae-duh"... saying "Neh-VAH-duh" will get you shot faster than holding up a bank

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    I just peeked in here to see what was happening in Nevada and noticed this thread. Scout depending upon your age you may save yourself a bit of hassle and get yourself a concealed handgun/weapon permit from a state like Utah, to which Nevada offers reciprocity. If you don't want to try for open carry in Nevada you will likely be able to find a Utah CCW permit class instructor in your general vicinity. If you need help with this send me a PM.

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    Bravo_Sierra wrote:
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    What is the general perception of open carry on the strip and out in Alamo?
    You will get a visit from the PD, they will ask you to leave the area, and they will trespass you from casinos.
    Police can't unilaterally issue a notice of trespass. The owner/operator/manager of the property must make the complaint and sign it, but it might be the police who actually deliver it.


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    I just finished a one week vacation in Vegas and I'm driving back to Texas. OC'ed everywhere except the Strip casinos (stayed at Flamingo). The only rude encounter I head was at In and Out burger just east of the strip near the UNLV campus. I saw a police car there when I pulled up. I went in to eat and I was eating near these two goof balls (one of them had a patch saying Park police or something like that) when one rudely waved me to his table. I almost just ignored him but wanted to see what the hell he wanted to disturb me for. He asked why I carry? I said it is my Constitutional right! Next: why do you carry? Reply: it is my right and it is for self-defense. Next: I meant why don't you cover it up? Reply: I don't have a permit and the one I have in Texas is not recognized in Nevada, and when you will have reciprocity I will consider concealing it. That was it. I guess these real cop wanna be's were happy they made the place so much safer by being rude to me and waving me over like I'm their dog. Otherwise, I carried at the mall near the airport and every food joint on the south side of the strip and east of it on the back streets and several grocery stores. No problems at all!

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    Count, next time just wave back...

    OK, off topic for a bit, Count, do you live near Dallas? I ask because just recently I met a couple from Dallas, who were on their way to Vegas.It was at a Del Taco in Flagstaff, AZ. Was that you? If it was, then considering where you're from, your screen name would make perfect sense.

    Whether it was you or not, I had a great visit with some really nice, like minded people.



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    Hey DMG NUT it is me!!!! Good to hear from you!

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    Thanks again for the great company. Glad yall had a nice time in Vegas and managed to stay out of trouble. From our conversation, it sounded like you had done your homework and knew where you could and could not OC. I hope your parents enjoyed their time here in the states. And thanks also for mentioning this site. The timing was perfect, as I was in the market for a concealed carry holster for wearing under a tucked-in shirt (for going to church). I can easily use my IWB holster if I wear my jacket, but I needed a good tuckable holster for when I'm not wearing the jacket, and here in AZ... the summer is coming soon, so I won't be wearing the jacket much longer. Anyway, I ordered a nice holster from CrossBreed, which I never would've heard of, if not for yall mentioning this site.

    We'll be down your way the first week of June (not really near Dallas, but down in TX... San Antonio and Corpus Christi areas). TX and NM both recognize our AZ CCW, and the wife and I will both be packin the whole time (sometimes open and sometimes concealed).

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    I would OC in a church in Arizona. I don't think anyone would say anything. In Utah I OC-ed in a medical clinic and got ignored. I think if you act normal most won't even notice it... In West Vendover inside Peppermill casino I got ignored for 5 hrs (despite the contrast between my yellow shirt and black gun...). The way I look at it we need to normalize the sight of a gun on the hip to become like a cell phone on your belt..... After all I see no difference... Keep in touch and I think there's a way to send a private message on this site... By the way after we talked I OC-ed, the same way you saw me, for a whole week in Nevada (I don't have a permit that is accepted there). I could have gone to another food joint when I saw the cops inside but I thought it would be an educational encounter for two cops and a bunch of UNLV students...hehe

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    The strip is one of those weird places where state or Federal law doesn't seem to apply. MGM makes the rules, and if they don't like you doing something, you get kicked out. Hell, our Mayor is a former defense lawyer for the mob.

    I've never done it, but I've heard a lot of horror stories about OC and the strip. The casino's flat-out will not let you in, so essentially OC'ing on the Strip is pointless if you can't even get near any of the casinos.

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    What about that weird sidewalk area between Imperial Palace & Harrahs? You can't continue walking straight, but must walk around the curve with street vendors and outdoor bar area. Are you technically on "private property"?

    I agree that since you can't enter casinos (or rather, you'll probably be kicked out rather quickly) it's pretty pointless. However, it's a great opportunity to meet a LOT of people and educate them. And while it's not my purpose (to educate) most of the time I'm OC, it may be fun to spend a few hours walking around one day happy to talk to anyone who's curious, including LEOs.

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    timf343 wrote:
    What about that weird sidewalk area between Imperial Palace & Harrahs? You can't continue walking straight, but must walk around the curve with street vendors and outdoor bar area. Are you technically on "private property"?

    I agree that since you can't enter casinos (or rather, you'll probably be kicked out rather quickly) it's pretty pointless. However, it's a great opportunity to meet a LOT of people and educate them. And while it's not my purpose (to educate) most of the time I'm OC, it may be fun to spend a few hours walking around one day happy to talk to anyone who's curious, including LEOs.
    +1.

    Just gotta be careful, the Strip cops are ********** and never cut slack. They will probably give you alot of S**t for oc'ing.

    Keep in mind, you obey the County code while on most of the strip, not Vegas municipal. On the strip, everything south of Sahara is unincorporated clark county.

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    CoonDawg wrote:
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    I've never done it, but I've heard a lot of horror stories about OC and the strip.


    What are these stories? I have never read or been told a real story yet about the strip. Just alot of speculation.

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    I have a friend that is one of the mounted Police in Los Vegas. I asked her about open carry and she said as long as they have a permit and it is in plain sight no problem.

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    Seems odd...the permit would allow them to carry concealed no problem... But in plain sight, no permit is necessary. Upon hearing this I might just be tempted to go down there OC with no ID whatsoever.

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    Police training is so inadequate when it comes to respecting individual rights... Permit to open carry? Who comes up with **** like that? Is that the quality of cops they hire or the training they provide over there?...

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    The only thought is that they may be referring to the BLUE CARD (registration) which is required for any resident of Clark County, NV (the county in which Las Vegas resides) or for any visitor who is staying more then 60 days.

    However, the blue card is not required to be carried with you (see the LVMPD web site at: http://www.lvmpd.com/permits/firearms_registration.html for confirmation of this "not required" part).

    Tim


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