View Full Version : people who live in las vegas, is it legal to shoot in the desert

February 12, 2009, 03:44 AM
we take the 95 north way past the mt charleston exit to this little canyons that we shoot at.
does anyone know if its legal to shoot out there?

February 12, 2009, 09:52 AM
I don't know how it is now but when I was stationed at Nellis AFB back in the early 80's we'd just drive out to the end of any paved road and start shooting when we hit dirt.

February 15, 2009, 05:06 PM
I believe you must be 1000 yards from and roadway or residence, I thought I just read that somewhere on one of the local gunshop websites. I think there's a few outdoor ranges around also, one for sure up in the NW area.

February 23, 2009, 11:07 PM

It used to be OK, but recently (iirc) you can not shoot around Clark County because of the EPA and "dust" on BLM land.

As for non-BLM land in Clark, that is a HUGE no-no.

I live in Reno, and talking to Dick Gammick (the Washoe DA) has given me the information that Washoe and Clark often aggressively pursue shooters in illegal areas (unmarked or marked).

It used to be that you could shoot anywhere in both counties as long as you were out of the way and had a backstop. Now both are too crowded to allow it legally.

However, I still drive off into the wild yonder to throw lead. It is what it is. (and I have a 3rd degree connection to the DA :rolleyes: )

February 23, 2009, 11:37 PM
Check it out with your local Sheriff's office. Here it varies from county to county.
I got nailed when they changed the law from 'within 500 ft. of a paved road' to 'within 500 ft. of a road'. I had to pay a small fine+court costs, take a day off from work and pay a bar tab for the two buddies that helped me carry my confiscated firearms from the evidence lockup to the truck. It cost me over $400!
At the time I rented a large 3/2 for $360 a month. Take-home pay was $380 every two weeks. Gas was $0.40 and rising. Steak was $1.60 lb.

$400 was a heavy hit at the time and I assume that it's all relative.

February 24, 2009, 02:49 PM
Find a local gun range and shoot there. Not worth the hassle.

Baba Louie
March 3, 2009, 10:58 PM
2 maps to ponder when shooting out in the hinterlands near LV
First is the Clark County no-go map... 24"x36" format


They tell you to check w/ the feds for areas not shown so that takes you to this map... 11" x 17" format


Print out each and keep folded in your range bag, making darn sure you're not within some agencies boundaries or 1000 ft of a "designated" road... also noting the feds req't of staying on designated routes/roads only in certain "wilderness" areas!?!?! (horseback access or foot traffic is okey dokey in those areas). There's lots of desert out there and lots of trashy shooters, so please, always bring out more trash than you bring in, yada yada.

Regular Joe
March 4, 2009, 02:23 AM
I am SO surprised that no-one has mentioned Nevada Shooters yet! We got a nice map here: