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    Rifle carrying - hiking/camping

    My wife wants to get into some camping and hiking through our Las Vegas area and out around Nevada, Colorado river etc......

    Will there be any issues with open carrying a little .22 rifle until we get a handgun?

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    On thing different from hand guns. In NV with long guns while in a vehicle you cannot have a round in the chamber.

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    Sweet. I had read somewhere online that it is prohibited to carry loaded firearms in state/national parks but that you can in state forests...I figured it may be misinformation. Another place I read that you may get hassled because they assume with a rifle you may be a poacher...

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    There are no longer any restrictions on National Parks. All now follow the state laws of where they are. So you are good to go here.

    As for game wardens, well, I'm as curious as you are. Even when actually hunting, I've never run across one. I must get too far back into the woods or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdholmes View Post
    Sweet. I had read somewhere online that it is prohibited to carry loaded firearms in state/national parks but that you can in state forests...I figured it may be misinformation. Another place I read that you may get hassled because they assume with a rifle you may be a poacher...
    National parks now, as national forests, honor state law when it comes to the possession of firearms. I don't know the laws/regulations for Nevada state parks or forests or if state preemption trumps any such laws/regulations.

    As for the poaching thing, if it is legal to openly carry a loaded long gun in any public place and there are no special game laws to the contrary (as is the case here in Idaho), don't sweat it. As long as you are not aiming your weapon at any animal that requires a license to hunt, discharging it (in a national forest ONLY) in an unsafe manner, or handling it unsafely, a LEO has no RAS to stop and detain you.

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    All the language prohibiting firearms in Nevada's State Parks has been stricken. Here is the documentation link on the Nevada State Parks web site. http://parks.nv.gov/pdf/LCB%20013-11_ADOPTED.pdf

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    Thanks for the great info! Anyone know if Arizona operates the same? I was planning on doing a little camping along the Colorado river on their side.

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    Not sure about AZ. I'd check the park web sites or the AZ forum here.

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    Will do...i know they are constitutional carry, so one would think they would be at least as accommodating as NV and maybe more.

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    Camping at Windsor campground Lake Havasu, a AZ state campground a few months ago. Open carried as I was paying my entrance fee on a motorcycle. Left-hander as I was paying, passing money, and entrance ticket right over the top of my firearm. Open carried in the Kathrinís Lading campground and Cotton Wood Cove campgrounds both on a motorcycle both are in the Lake Mead national Recreation area. Need to remember, no firearms allowed in the buildings. No issues at any of the campgrounds.

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    That's great...a lot of what we are planning is going to be primitive camping with no facilities, so we shouldn't have issue with buildings. Thanks again!

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    Carrying a long gun, the thing you have to be especially aware of is muzzle discipline, not just from a safety standpoint, but also to avoid the appearance of brandishing, which will get you in muchly trouble, muchly quick.

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    Shouldn't be an issue, I did a fair bit of hunting in Canada. Thanks for here advice again.

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