Cort Arlint Second Amendment and Nevada Gun Laws
Cort Arlint Pictured Above at the Clark County Nevada Shooting Range
The Second Amendment’s purpose was to establish American’s rights to self defense, resistance to oppression and defense of the state. I firmly believe in individual’s rights and think they should be expanded not constrained. The right to use firearms for lawful purposes should be protected. Growing up on a 30 acre ranch in Montana my family used guns for hunting target shooting and protection while camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Firearms have been a part of my life and as a representative of the State of Nevada I will continue to advocate for the rights of law abiding gun owning Nevadans. I have summarized some of the current court rulings and legislative actions affecting Nevadans.
Nevada Constitution states, “Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes. Nevada has restricted carrying concealed weapons by NRS 202.350 it is not a constitutional carry state. While “open carry” is permissible in Nevada, a permit is required for a concealed weapon. A shall-issue state, Nevada has a list of 10 separate grounds for denying a license.
Recent legislation in Nevada included a gun bill SB76 which tried to eliminate the need for a CCW permit. The bill didn’t pass, also another bill SB 221 was vetoed by the governor which would have required private transfers of firearms to go through a federal firearms licensee and required a background check.
In 2008, the Supreme Court held in Colombia v. Heller the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Later in McDonal v. City of Chicago the Supreme Court furthered their ruling holding that self-defense is a basic individual right, and therefore, the Second Amendment applies to states through the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.