Nevada knife laws are in a state of flux, with multiple changes being proposed and implemented, and others that never come to fruition. The following is the most current summary of Nevada knife law.
Preemption? Not state-wide, but in some counties.
Concealed carry? No other restrictions.
Open carry? No restrictions.
Schools? Some knives are prohibited within school properties.
Length & critical dimensions: None, However, Clark County has a broad ordinance banning concealed carry of anything that can be used as an offensive weapon and knives with blades more than 3 inches.
The types of knives legal in Nevada include the following:
NB: These knives are only legal to own and there may be other restrictions to carry them.
Switchblades and belt buckle knives are illegal in Nevada.
To own a knife in Nevada, you must be 18 years old or older. This law applies to both residents and non-residents of the state. There may be some counties with additional restrictions or preemption that make all knives illegal in certain areas regardless of age.
Some of the gun carry laws in Nevada include the following:
Knife open carry is legal in Nevada, unless not allowed by local regulations.
Concealed carry of knives in Nevada is not allowed for the following:
Different knife laws in Nevada include the following:
Automatic or switchblade knives are legal in Nevada, unless not allowed by local regulations, but they cannot be concealed carried.
Balisongs and butterfly knives are illegal to own in Clark County, others may apply for a permit. In addition, the law states that balisongs and butterfly knives must be carried concealed and cannot be worn openly.
Bowie knives are legal to own in Nevada, although there may be local restrictions on carrying and use.
Daggers, dirks, switchblades, dirk knives, or any other stabbing knife is illegal in the following counties:
Nevada knife laws and penal codes include the following:
The self-defense law in this state is fairly wide-ranging. It includes defending a third person as well as the use of non-deadly force for self-protection. Non Deadly force, generally speaking, allows you to use physical force to protect yourself against imminent danger without injuring another person. It also allows you to defend someone else against imminent danger.
To have a valid self-defense claim, you must be faced with a direct threat of harm that is about to happen. You can use force only when necessary to protect yourself or another person from an immediate and unlawful attack, and the amount of force used must not be excessive in relation to the threat.
It is important to note that nondeadly force for self-defense does not apply in the following situations:
Law enforcement and military personnel are exempt from the restrictions that apply to civilians concerning knife laws in the state. This means that they can bring a concealed or unconcealed knife onto school grounds, the property of another person, into courtrooms, and/or any other place where ordinary citizens cannot carry them.
Some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Nevada knife laws include the following:
There is no statutory length for a legal knife. Any knife that can be considered "deadly" according to common sense cannot be carried concealed on one's person, either in everyday life or in certain specific situations.
Most knives are only illegal to conceal carry, both legal to own in Nevada.
Balisongs, also known as butterfly knives, are legal to own and carry in Nevada. Also, Bowie knives are legal to own and carry in Nevada.
There is no statutory length limit.
Yes. Knives are regulated on a state level, and there are no restrictions in Nevada limiting the sale or transfer of ownership of any knives except for butterfly knives.
Brandishing a knife is illegal and can result in a conviction. There are two exceptions to that, 1) it is legal to brandish a knife with intent to harm an animal or 2) if your life depended on it (for example you were being attacked by the same animal).
Unless accompanied by a parent or guardian (over 18), it is illegal for minors to carry knives in Nevada.
Swords are legal to own in Nevada. There is no length law for swords, nor any laws preventing the carrying of swords in public (concealed or unconcealed). However, it is illegal to brandish a sword as a weapon without lawful cause.
Nevada law has a specific descriptor for switchblades, which are considered a category of knives. Switchblades and all other knife categories are legal to own in Nevada.
Folding knives are legal to own and carry in Nevada. There is no length limit or restriction on folding knives in Nevada.
Fixed blade knives are legal to own and carry in Nevada. There is no length limit or restriction on fixed blade knives in Nevada.
Butterfly knives are legal to own in Nevada. Butterfly knives can be carried concealed or unconcealed, but cannot be opened with wrist action.
Automatic knives (switchblades) are legal to own in Nevada. Automatic knives can be carried concealed or unconcealed, but cannot be opened with wrist action.
Spring-assisted knives are legal to own and carry in Nevada. There is no length limit or restriction on spring-assisted knives in Nevada.
Gravity knives are legal to own in Nevada. Gravity knives cannot be carried concealed and can only be opened with one hand (as opposed to a two-step action of unfolding the blade).
Throwing knives are legal to own in Nevada. There is no length limit or restriction on throwing knives in Nevada.
Karambits are legal to own in Nevada. There is no length limit or restriction of karambits in Nevada, making them commonly used for martial arts and Filipino knife fighting.