by Cathleen Vought
I’m writing from Reno, Nevada this week, as my family has a short vacation before my husband, Eric, presents at the International Association of Emergency Managers annual conference here. He’s part of a panel on school shootings and emergency response; I’ll be putting a report out next week on what the best and brightest in emergency management have to say on the topic. For now, let’s talk about recent changes to Nevada reciprocity of other states’ CCWs.
Shortly before leaving, we found out that a couple weeks before, Nevada decided to stop honoring CCWs from Missouri and Arizona. The state had already decided a couple years ago to stop honoring Utah CCWs. The reason cited was that they did not meet Nevada CCW training requirements.
This is where it gets sticky. If we were full-time paid law enforcement, our CCWs would have no problem being honored. Because we volunteer with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, we don’t qualify because we don’t make our paycheck that way, even though we are an arms-bearing auxiliary as well as because, technically, we are not law enforcement, just providing manpower to a constitutional sheriff. We could, per the sheriff’s office in Reno, take a training in the same county that a temporary CCW could be issued in, but that would be eight hours of training and an additional monetary cost.
Open carry is protected by state statute in Nevada, though people tend to look at you a bit funny if you run around with a gun on your hip. Even keeping a gun in an in-the-waistband holster is legal, as long as it’s visible (what can I say, I’m an FBI cant kind of girl). Here’s my problem:
For the better part of two years, after I got my CCW, I’ve been favoring clothes that, well, conceal! Even if I wasn’t looking for that type of clothing, most women’s clothing tends to either drape over the waistline or show off the belly, not the most flattering for a woman who’s had a baby and her gall bladder removed. Very few women’s clothes do well with a tucked shirt, even if you can find one. Even taking a draped shirt tail and setting it behind my holster, the moment a bit of wind picks up or I bend over to pick something up, it can slide loose and cover my holster and gun, making me illegally conceal a weapon under Nevada law.
So what have I been doing? Not carrying, for the most part. Most of the places I’ve been going have been with my open-carrying husband. We did run into a situation one evening that made me feel the most vulnerable that I have since I got my CCW, though. There was a riverfront tavern that had several people outside that were enough to make me nervous, and I missed the reassuring weight of my 9-mil tucked into my back.
There’s not an easy answer to this, but we will have some more pieces this week as a serial travelogue on our adventures with trying to remain legally carrying in a number of states.