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Sticky for self defense laws in the state of NV


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I think it'd be a good idea to have a sticky of the actual NRS codes for gun laws and self defense laws in Nevada. I often have to search for these and it's a pain in the butt. Having them stickied would be a neat idea. What do you guys think?


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Here you go, begins here.

NRS 200.120  “Justifiable homicide” defined; no duty to retreat under certain circumstances.
1.  Justifiable homicide is the killing of a human being in necessary self-defense, or in defense of habitation, property or person, against one who manifestly intends or endeavors, by violence or surprise, to commit a felony, or against any person or persons who manifestly intend and endeavor, in a violent, riotous, tumultuous or surreptitious manner, to enter the habitation of another for the purpose of assaulting or offering personal violence to any person dwelling or being therein.
2.  A person is not required to retreat before using deadly force as provided in subsection 1 if the person:
(a) Is not the original aggressor;
(b) Has a right to be present at the location where deadly force is used; and
(c) Is not actively engaged in conduct in furtherance of criminal activity at the time deadly force is used.
[1911 C&P § 129; RL § 6394; NCL § 10076]—(NRS A 1983, 518; 2011, 265)

NRS 200.130  Bare fear insufficient to justify killing; reasonable fear required.  A bare fear of any of the offenses mentioned in NRS 200.120, to prevent which the homicide is alleged to have been committed, shall not be sufficient to justify the killing. It must appear that the circumstances were sufficient to excite the fears of a reasonable person and that the party killing really acted under the influence of those fears and not in a spirit of revenge.
[1911 C&P § 130; RL § 6395; NCL § 10077]

NRS 200.140  Justifiable homicide by public officer.  Homicide is justifiable when committed by a public officer, or person acting under the command and in the aid of the public officer, in the following cases:
1.  In obedience to the judgment of a competent court.
2.  When necessary to overcome actual resistance to the execution of the legal process, mandate or order of a court or officer, or in the discharge of a legal duty.
3.  When necessary:
(a) In retaking an escaped or rescued prisoner who has been committed, arrested for, or convicted of a felony;
(b) In attempting, by lawful ways or means, to apprehend or arrest a person;
(c) In lawfully suppressing a riot or preserving the peace; or
(d) In protecting against an imminent threat to the life of a person.
[1911 C&P § 131; RL § 6396; NCL § 10078]—(NRS A 1975, 323; 1993, 931; 2013, 270)

NRS 200.150  Justifiable or excusable homicide.  All other instances which stand upon the same footing of reason and justice as those enumerated shall be considered justifiable or excusable homicide.
[1911 C&P § 132; RL § 6397; NCL § 10079]

NRS 200.160  Additional cases of justifiable homicide.  Homicide is also justifiable when committed:
1.  In the lawful defense of the slayer, or his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother or sister, or of any other person in his or her presence or company, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the person slain to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury to the slayer or to any such person, and there is imminent danger of such design being accomplished; or
2.  In the actual resistance of an attempt to commit a felony upon the slayer, in his or her presence, or upon or in a dwelling, or other place of abode in which the slayer is.
[1911 C&P § 133; A 1931, 160; 1931 NCL § 10080]—(NRS A 1993, 932)

NRS 200.170  Burden of proving circumstances of mitigation or justifiable or excusable homicide.  The killing of the deceased named in the indictment or information by the defendant being proved, the burden of proving circumstances of mitigation, or that justify or excuse the homicide, will devolve on the accused, unless the proof on the part of the prosecution sufficiently manifests that the crime committed only amounts to manslaughter, or that the accused was justified, or excused in committing the homicide.
[1911 C&P § 134; A 1951, 524]

NRS 200.180  Excusable homicide by misadventure.
1.  Excusable homicide by misadventure occurs when:
(a) A person is doing a lawful act, without any intention of killing, yet unfortunately kills another, as where a person is at work with an ax and the head flies off and kills a bystander; or
(b) An officer punishing a criminal happens to occasion death, which acts of correction are lawful.
2.  If the officer exceeds the sentence under which the officer acts, either in the manner, the instrument, or quantity of punishment, and death ensues, it is manslaughter or murder, according to the circumstances of the case.
[1911 C&P § 135; RL § 6400; NCL § 10082]—(NRS A 1985, 1399)

NRS 200.190  Justifiable or excusable homicide not punishable.  The homicide appearing to be justifiable or excusable, the person indicted shall, upon trial, be fully acquitted and discharged.
[1911 C&P § 136; RL § 6401; NCL § 10083]

NRS 200.200  Killing in self-defense.  If a person kills another in self-defense, it must appear that:
1.  The danger was so urgent and pressing that, in order to save the person’s own life, or to prevent the person from receiving great bodily harm, the killing of the other was absolutely necessary; and
2.  The person killed was the assailant, or that the slayer had really, and in good faith, endeavored to decline any further struggle before the mortal blow was given.
[1911 C&P § 137; RL § 6402; NCL § 10084]
VERY good "Garand guy"! I hope all those that are of the opinion that we can't legally use deadly force to defend property will read these laws and, in particular NRS 200.120.


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Got this from the LCB:

This is response to your email concerning NRS Online updates. I have spoken to our Publications Department and they have informed me that they have not received the printed copies of some NRS changes and when that is provided, the online NRS updates will follow. They expect the updated NRS to be available sometime this month.

The Publications Department can be reached at (775) 684-6835), if you have any further questions concerning the NRS online updates. Thank you for your inquiry. I hope this was helpful.