Are air rifles legal to carry in Nevada?

In the past, mentioning air guns would automatically make you conjure images of children roaming the neighborhood with their Daisy Red Riders and terrified stray cats running for their lives. Air guns, in those days, were nothing more than toys. These guns were not considered dangerous and could only manage to hurt the victim if the shooting took place from a very short range, and the person with the rifle managed to shoot the eye or another sensitive area of the body.

More powerful air guns were also available but their cost and the dangers associated with them usually kept them out of the reach of youngsters. Presently, there is a wide range of powerful air guns available at very reasonable prices. These rifles are available in a variety of power levels. The air gun operates in one of four ways in order to shoot the pellet out of the barrel.

The most widely sold version of the air gun, which is easily available at any departmental store, is the multi-pump pneumatics. These guns are made of plastic and metal and are able to shoot out pellets up to 650 fps. The rifle has pumps that pressurize the internal chamber holding the air. When the trigger is pulled, the pressurized air is released. It forces the pellet into the barrel, then out of the gun. These multi-pump rifles are usually the first choice of young shooters. It must, however, be kept in mind that these guns are also very dangerous and should be supervised by an adult.

Another powerful air rifle is the CO2 powered one. These guns are very simple in design. They offer a great combination of power, cost and accuracy. A tiny CO2 air tank is inserted into the gun and sealed. After the sealing screws are tightened, they puncture a tiny hole in the neck of the tank. This releases the pressurized CO2 inside the gun. Once the trigger is pulled, a small amount of this gas is released which forces the pellet into the barrel. The arrangement is extremely simple and offers an affordable form of air gunning experience.

Another one of the most powerful air guns is the break barrel springer. In these kinds of guns the receiver and the barrel are mated together. This allows the user to break the barrel in order to cock the gun. The action resembles the loading of a shotgun. There is a cocking arm attached to the barrel. When the barrel breaks and is pulled in the direction of the stock, the cocking arm compresses a spring inside the receiver. When the spring is compressed and cocked, the pellet is loaded into its port. The barrel returns to its normal position and the rifle becomes ready to fire. When the user pulls the trigger, the coiled spring is released and uncompressed pushing the piston forward which compresses the air inside the receiver. From there it is forced down the barrel, shooting the pellet outward.

These air guns are extremely powerful and can, in certain circumstances, rival a regular gun. They can also kill small animals within a range of 60 yards. These guns are not within the realm of youngsters, and should only be allowed under constant adult supervision.

The PCP or the Precharged Pneumatic Air Rifle is the high-end of air gun power. It is the most powerful and accurate air gun currently available. These guns are also very dangerous and should only be handled by mature and experienced people.

As per the laws applicable in Nevada, people can buy and keep air rifles. If your local vendor refuses you to sell an air rifle, you may tell him that it is against federal regulations to impose these restrictions.