Nevadans who possess concealed carry permits may soon have it easier the next time they want to buy a gun. BATF is currently exploring whether Nevada has requalified itself for an exemption from the NICS background check, which would allow Nevada residents with a valid CCW permit to buy guns without having to undergo the check—and the $25 fee that goes with it.
According to the Nevada News Bureau, it’s not totally a done deal though. The Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association still wants to weigh in, which it plans to do in September. The group expressed concerns about a potential increase in CCW applications at a time when counties’ budgets have been cut.
Nevada lost its NICS exemption in 2008 when it didn’t pass legislation that would’ve brought the state into compliance. According to Nevada News Bureau, an earlier audit by BATF found that not all sheriff’s offices had conducted proper background checks and that state law didn’t require the checks on permit renewals.
During the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed AB 282, which should put the state back into compliance once BATF reviews the law and says it passes muster.