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carrying a dirk or dagger las vegas nv

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Nevada knife laws generally make it legal to carry dirk-knives and daggers in Las Vegas, Nevada, but with three qualifications:

1) Defendants need a CCW permit to conceal carry dirks or daggers

2) Dirks and daggers are prohibited at schools or child care facilities (with some exceptions).

3) Brandishing a dirk or dagger is illegal in front of two or more people.


Can I conceal carry dirks or daggers in Nevada?

It is a Nevada crime to carry concealed dangerous or deadly weapons without a CCW permit. This probably includes dirks and daggers.

A knife is considered concealed if it is unnoticeable through ordinary observation. Carrying a knife on a belt buckle is considered open as long as a jacket or other clothes is not covering it.

A first offense is of concealed carry of a dirk or dagger without a CCW permit is a gross misdemeanor:. It carries:

  • Up to 364 days in jail, and/or
  • Up to $2,000 in fines

A subsequent offense is a category D felony , punishable by:

For more information see our article on carrying concealed knives.


Note that Clark County law mandates that people have the sheriff's permission to carry concealed knives with a blade length of three (3) inches or longer.

The concealed carry of dirk or dagger with a three-inches or longer blade is a misdemeanor, even for a first offense. Penalties include up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

For additional information, contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3111.


(Note that Nevada has no statewide preemption for knife laws. This means municipalities can make local laws that are harsher than state laws.)


Can I carry dirks or daggers at schools? 

It is generally illegal in Las Vegas to carry knives openly or concealed in:

  • Private or public school property (or automobiles that belong to them)
  • Public universities such as UNLV
  • Licensed child care facilities (or automobiles that belong to them)

The unlawful possession or carry of knives at a school gross misdemeanor, even if no one sustains bodily harm. It is punishable by:

  • Up to 364 days in jail, and/or
  • Up to $2,000 in fines

There are exceptions: Law enforcement officers, peace officers, and security guards may carry weapons on the premises. If the child care facility doubles as a person's home, the homeowner can keep knives on the premises as long as children cannot access them.

Learn more about possessing weapons at schools or childcare facilities (NRS 202.265).

Can I brandish a dirk or dagger?

Nevada law prohibits drawing or brandishing dirks or daggers in a rude, angry, or threatening manner in the presence of two (2) or more other people. This crime is a misdemeanor, carrying:

  • Up to 6 months in jail, and/or
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

A common to defense to this crime is that the defendant was acting in lawful self-defense.

For more information see our article on drawing a knife in a threatening way (NRS 202.320). Note that brandishing a knife is a less serious offense offense than assault with a deadly weapon (NRS 200.471(2)(b) (ADW), which is a felony carrying Nevada State Prison time. 


Call our law firm for help. We offer free consultations and create attorney-client relationships in Las Vegas, NV, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, and throughout Nevada.

Also see our related article, Are butterfly knives legal in the state of Nevada?

Arrested in California? Go to our informational articles on California knife laws. Arrested in Colorado? See our article on Colorado knife laws, possession a weapon on school grounds (CRS 18-12-105.5), carrying concealed weapons in Colorado, or possessing a dangerous weapon (CRS 18-12-102).


For information on other types of knives including machetes, pocket knives, trefoils, throwing stars, balisongs, fixed-blade knives, switchblade knives, or sword canes, see our article on Nevada knife laws.

Legal References:

  1. NRS 202.350.
  2. Knight v. State, 116 Nev. 140, 993 P.2d 67 (2000) (“[T]he determination of whether a common steak knife is a dangerous or deadly weapon is a question of fact for the jury…”); Buff v. State, 114 Nev. 1237, 970 P.2d 564 (1998) (“[T]he district court could not determine as a matter of law that the Swiss army knife used by appellants was a deadly weapon…”).
  3. See, e.g., Huebner v. State, 731 P.2d 1330, 103 Nev. 29 (1987) (The Nevada Supreme Court found that the defendant’s jacket concealed his knife.).
  4. NRS 200.471(2)(b).
  5. NRS 202.265; NRS 202.350(i).
  6. Clark County Code 12.04.180.
  7. NRS 202.265. schools
  8. NRS 202.320. (brandishing)
  9. See NRS 200.200.(self defense)




Can you open carry a sword in Nevada?

Yes, people may open carry a sword in Nevada as long as the location does not prohibit knives, such as schools and child care facilities.

Can I carry a dagger in public?

In general, it is legal to carry a dagger in public as long as the location is not a knife-free zone such as schools and child care facilities. But a CCW permit may be required to carry the weapon concealed.


Are brass knuckles legal in Nevada?

No. Brass knuckles are prohibited in Nevada. Possessing “metal knuckles” (which is what Nevada law calls” brass knuckles”) is usually a gross misdemeanor in Nevada, carrying:

  • up to 364 days in jail, and/or
  • up to $2,000 in fines
  • NRS 202.350 


What self defense weapons are legal in Nevada?

In general people are own guns, knives, and stun guns for self-defense. But it always illegal to possess blackjacks, slungshots, billies, sand-clubs, sandbags or metal knuckles).



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