How Nevada's gun laws stack up to those in Tennessee, Virginia


In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, gun laws are now in the spotlight across the country.

Investigators believe the shooter purchased all of his guns legally, before illegally converting several from semi to fully automatic.

News 5's Tiana Bohner looked at Nevada's gun laws and how they compare to the rules in Tennessee and Virginia.

Under federal law, background checks are required to purchase a firearm through a licensed dealer, in every state.

News 5 wanted to see how other gun laws in Nevada stack up to those in Tennessee and Virginia. None of the states requires a permit to buy a gun. A license or registration is also not needed.

"TBI does a background check on the person. That's all," Shooter's Edge owner Don Reimer said. "The gun isn't registered to you, or in your name."

In Tennessee, it can take just 30 seconds to complete a background check. Once submitted to TBI, the system looks for red flags.

Reimer believes the system works. But he said an approval doesn't automatically mean you get the gun.

"It's a little known fact that a federal arms license dealer has the final say whether the gun can or can't be transferred," he said.

Just days after the deadly Las Vegas shooting, a dealer in Utah said he didn't sense anything strange when he sold guns to the shooter.

"He was a normal everyday guy," Chris Michel said. "He didn't set off any alarms -- anything that I felt like there was a problem in any way shape or form."

Reimer would not go into detail of what he looks for specifically, but he said he goes with his gut.

"If we had a bad feeling or if there was something about the individual that didn't seem proper," Reimer said. "It's happened, happened quite a few times."

But taking another look at our checklist, private sales are a different story when it comes to background checks. In Tennessee and Virginia, they are not required.

While there is a law requiring background checks for private sales in Nevada, the state attorney general has put it on hold, saying it is not enforceable.