Here is the skinny on OC in Las Vegas. When I took my ccw class in Las Vegas several weeks ago the instructor
(who happens to be a Clark County Deputy Sheriff
) gave us the following info...
While OC is legal in Nevada it is highly frowned upon in Las Vegas! If you try it (especially on the strip or in a casino) the result will likely be 8-10 police officers pointing guns at you while you are spread eagle on the ground!
Clark County passed a law several years ago called the "Public Nuisance Law" This law was passed specifically for OC of firearms.
Since Nevada has preemption laws, which prevent cities/counties from regulating firearms the public nuisance law comes into effect.
After you are disarmed and investigated for OC LEO will write you a $25.00 citation for this infraction
. It is an infraction because to make it a misdemeanor would violate state premption laws.
This was not lost on the authorities when law was passed. This way it cannot be challenged by NRA or other pro-firearm groups because it is a non-criminal offense.
The $25.00 infraction is not the big deal. LEO will confiscate your firearm
and you will have to go before a judge if you want it back and convince the judge that you have a VERY GOOD REASON for OC.
Most likely you will not be able to convince judge of good reason and he/she will declare your firearm a "Public Nusiance" and it will be destroyed! Jumping on the 2A bandwagon will likely result in a contempt of court fine as judges do not like people (especially non-residents!) use of this lame excuse.
OUCH! The loss of your firearm is the real cost of OC in Las Vegas
! OC is well accepted in Reno/Carson area of state as it is more rural and less dependent on tourist dollars then is Las Vegas.
The authorities do not like scared tourists for obvious reasons. Bottom line here is OC in Las Vegas and you will almost surely lose your firearm and Nevada ccw if you have one!
One other point that was made by instructor
is that since Las Vegas is high on terrorist target list they take no chances when it comes to people carrying guns as they do not want a Virginia Tech incident to occur there.
The LEO's have no way of knowing your intentions while OCing. Instructor also added that if the incident occurs during summmer time you may find yourself spread eagle on sidewalk in 110 degree heat.
OUCH AND DOUBLE OUCH! LEO will let you stay there awhile and if you get a burn from hot sidewalk that is their revenge as well!
Much better to get your Nevada ccw I would think!