One of our favorite shows is CSI Crime Investigation. If it's Thursday at 9, don't bother us, we our watching this show. But one of the things that drives us crazy about this otherwise excellent show is how the shows writers habitually assume that Nevada has gun registration. Just tonight, a detective noticed that a suspect was carrying and the suspect said it was OK, since his firearm was registered. I don't know if CSI's writers are just ignorant or trying to push an anti-gun agenda, but we really wish they would wise up. But we loved the story line about the WWII vet taking out a telephone solicitor with his bring back Luger. We love Lugers and hate telephone solicitors here at the Ten Ring.
Update: Joe Huffman has brought it to our attention that Clark County, of which Las Vegas is a part, actually has handgun registration. So the CSI writers had this one right.
I love CSI but that always bugs me too. I'm pretty sure the writers are nearly correct most of the time. There is a subtlety they don't bother to clarify. My understanding is that if you want to carry in Las Vegas you are supposed to register your carry gun with the city police department. Outside of Las Vegas you don't have to.
A lawyer friend with a Nevada CCW permit visited Las Vegas and decided to obey the letter of the law. He went to the police station to register his carry gun. They didn't quite know what to do with him and it took a couple hours (or at least some ridiculously long time) to find and complete the paperwork.
I saw about half of an NCIS episode, and they said that the suspect's handgun was registered in Virginia. I guess they just assume that guns have to be registered everywhere... kind of like how the trigger makes a great rest for the index finger when not firing, or how Glocks make a cocking sound when drawn from a holster, or any of a number of other errors.
I looked up the law. I had it wrong:
Registration of pistols within twenty-four hours.Registration of firearms capable of being concealed.Unlawful transfer of firearms capable of being concealed.Go to http://www.packing.org when you have a question like this. It's a great resource.
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