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Nevada 80 Percent Lower Laws

80 Percent Arms   |   Jan 13th 2022

Disclaimer: To get started, we want to share a small disclaimer. We are dedicated and proud supporters of everything 2nd amendment, but we are not lawyers. So, before you take what you read here and run with it, you will want to double-check all of your local or state gun laws. Make sure you are up to date on any special regulations that may apply to you and your situation. Gun laws are always changing and always do your part to stay up to date with the newest and current laws.

This information is provided as a service to the public. It is NOT intended to be taken as legal advice and should never be considered as such. Make sure to do your own research as you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.

This is a developing list of information we intend to update regularly to stay accurate and current. If you see a discrepancy or a mistake with your home state’s laws that we’ve covered, feel free to let us know so we can correct it. Thank you and stay safe!

What is an 80% Lower?

An 80% lower receiver is an unfinished and unserialized blank which requires some machining work from the end user to turn it into a 100% lower receiver, otherwise, what is legally considered as a firearm. 80 lowers are missing the trigger pocket and three holes that need to be milled and drilled out to be completed. Unless states have passed their own laws barring the possession or sales of 80% products; pending the ATF's updated decision from the most recent proposed rule 2021R-05 80% lowers are completely legal, not considered firearms and thus can be shipped straight to your front door. No FFL required. To explore the 80% lower receiver products we have to offer, check out our multiple collections.

Are 80 Lowers Legal In Nevada?

As of this guide’s initial publish date, 80% lower receivers and frames are not considered as firearms by the ATF and are legal to ship directly to buyers residing in the state of Nevada. Although, there was a brief scare when state legislators put Assembly Bill 286 forward in an effort to ban "ghost guns," thankfully that did not happen. The 80% community received a huge win when Judge Schlegelmich struck down major parts of  Nevada AB286 in December of 2021; allowing Nevadans to legally possess, purchase, transport or receive any unfinished frame or receiver of a firearm or assembling any firearm not imprinted with a serial number.

Do I Need to Serialize My 80 Lower in Nevada?

If you build out your own firearms starting with 80 lowers in Nevada you do not need to serialize the lower receiver or frame as there are currently no laws requiring citizens to do so. Should you wish to serialize your lower receiver we offer  custom engraving for our lowers.

Key Gun Laws in Nevada

Other than laws regarding 80 lowers, these are the key gun laws you should be aware of if you reside or are traveling through Nevada.

Firearm Possession and Purchase Requirements

The state of Nevada requires handgun buyers to be at least 18 years old to buy a long gun and 21 years old to buy a handgun. No extra permits or licenses are required for either handgun or long gun purchases. The normal exceptions for minors above the age of 14 in possession of firearms apply as well which include when attending a hunter’s or firearms safety course, using the gun for target practice or recreational shooting at an established range, involved in an organized competition, hunting or trapping with a valid license, traveling to and from these events, or at their own residence with permission and supervision of a parents or a legal guardian.

Firearm purchases generally require a background check but private party transfers do not (Dealer Record of Sale also known as 4473 form or “DROS”). While federal law requires federal firearm license holders (“FFL’s”:) to initiate background checks on buyers prior to the sale of a firearm, federal law also allows states to serve as their own “point of contact” and conduct their own background checks via state, federal records or databases, as well as the option to use the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. Nevada is a point of contact for the NICS and as a result, dealers must conduct their background checks by going through the “NDPS” or Nevada Department of Public Safety, also known as the Brady Point of Sale program. If a purchaser presents a state CCW permit or a handgun purchase permit, it exempts them from a background check when purchasing a gun from an FFL store. When buyers are approved it is valid for 30 days, which allows buyers to buy multiple guns for the following month without additional background checks.

Open and Concealed Carrying

Nevada is a “shall-issue” state for CCW’s in the form of “CFP’s” or Concealed Firearm Permits. They are also offered for non-residents. Open carry without a permit is legal for anyone at least 18 years old legally allowed to carry/possess/own a firearm. Some areas are off-limits so please look into where those areas might be. Concealed carry applicants must be 21 years old at the minimum and complete a state approved firearms training course. For more details on Nevada’s policies check out their reciprocity map here.

NFA Restrictions

Nevada does not have any assault weapon bans or magazine capacity bans and NFA items are allowed but under federal law, the possession of machine guns is prohibited unless they were lawfully possessed and registered before May 19, 1986.

Magazine Capacity Restrictions

There are no magazine capacity restrictions in Nevada. Enjoy those drums and belt-fed box magazines! We carry plenty of standard capacity magazines like the Advanced Warfighter mag from Lancer which is a 30 rounder too. Our favorite color is the translucent smoke one.

Mandatory Storage Requirements

There are no mandatory storage requirements for firearms in Nevada , however, you should still exercise caution and can be tried for negligently leaving your guns accessible to children. If you need some good ideas or best practices for storing your guns and gear here are five home firearm storage options.


Nevada is a castle doctrine state and does have a stand your ground law, which means people are not required to retreat if possible before returning fire or responding to a threat with lethal force.

Ammunition Purchase

To buy ammo in Nebraska no license is needed for the sale, purchase or possession of it. Sellers also do not have to keep a record of their ammo sales/transactions. Certain armor piercing rounds are prohibited but otherwise, people can buy virtually any type of ammunition in Nevada.

Start Your Next 80 Lower Build with 80% Arms!

Nevada residents are completely free to build their own firearms from 80 lowers and frames without any required serialization or FFL transactions. It's the perfect state to take advantage of your constitutional Second Amendment right and freedom to keep and bear arms while you can! That includes 80% Arms! Grab a  jig for 80 lowers and some buddies to enjoy that freedom together and let us know if you need any advice with your build at any point in the process. Friends, live free.