In Nevada, firing a weapon where doing so is not legally allowed is a crime regardless of whether the person firing the gun can legally possess a gun or not. Discharging, or firing, a weapon can lead to a person facing a number of separate criminal charges, including:
- Firing a weapon in public
- Firing a weapon at a vehicle or building
- Firing a weapon from a building or vehicle
What is the Crime of Firing a Weapon in Public in Nevada?
To fire a weapon in public refers to discharging a gun in a public area. The area can range from a public street to a hotel. The state considers a public place to be any area that is a public resort. What makes firing a weapon unlawful is that the act must be done:
What If I Did Not Hurt Anyone?
Discharging a weapon is a crime that does not involve injuring anyone. If someone is injured as a result of the weapon being fired, then the applicable crime would likely be aggravated battery or something worse.
Are Firing a Weapon in Public and Discharging a Weapon Where People Might Get Hurt the Same Crime?
No. Nevada has separate criminal statutes for firing a weapon in a public space and firing a weapon where a person might be endangered. If a person aims a weapon at another person or discharges a weapon in a location where a person could be endangered, but no one was hurt, is a gross misdemeanor.
How Much Jail Time Will I Get for Firing a Weapon in Public?
Discharging a weapon in public is a misdemeanor. As a misdemeanor conviction, a person is looking at the punishment of:
- Six months in jail
- $1,000 fine
- Fine and county jail time
Can a Criminal Lawyer Help Me with My Case?
Yes, a Nevada criminal lawyer can definitely help you with your weapons case. Contact a lawyer immediately to find out how to resolve your case.