Nevada Pardons

The only way to restore your gun rights after being convicted of a crime that prohibits you from owning a firearm in Nevada or the USA, is through a pardon. In addition, a pardon will also restore your right to vote and your right to serve on a jury in a civil case.

What is a pardon?

A pardon “forgives” a person’s past crime, which is why it restores your gun rights. But it does not remove the conviction from your record. A pardon board made up of the Governor, Nevada Supreme Court Justices, and the Nevada Attorney General must approve the pardon before it is issued.

How do I get a pardon?

In order to obtain a pardon, an application must be submitted to the Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners. From there, a background check is performed and an investigator reviews your application. The wait time to appear in front of the pardon board can be approximately 1 year or longer. This is why it is important to have an attorney prepare your pardon application, so as to prevent any unnecessary delays and ensure that the best possible application is submitted on your behalf.  In some rare cases, the application can be expedited.

New Changes to the Nevada Pardon Board.  2020

Nevada’s 2020 ballot question 3, was passed by voters.  This ballot measure will increase the number of Pardon Board meetings a year and allow the Pardon Board to grant a pardon without the Governor voting.
The good news for people seeking a pardon is that it should help speed up the process because the Board will have to meet 4 times a year, instead of twice a year.  Hopefully, this helps people get back their rights sooner, rather than later.

What Does the Board Consider?

A Pardon will the granted if the applicant has demonstrated good conduct for a substantial period of time.  The Board will look at the following criteria:

Post conviction conduct, character and reputation;

Seriousness and relative recency of the offense;

Acceptance of responsibility, remorse and atonement; and

Need for relief.

The Pardon Boards considers all applicants on their own merits.  The Board will look at the following criteria to determine NOT to grant your Pardon:

The nature or severity of the crime;

Prior criminal history;

Overall community adjustment; and

The discovery of other adverse information.

You can visit Nevada’s Pardon board for more information as well by clicking here.


A misdemeanor domestic violence conviction will prohibit you from owning a firearm.  The only way to restore your gun rights is to obtain a pardon. The Pardon Board will consider the pardon application after at least 5 years for misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.  However, the relative recency is an important criteria to determine whether or not to grant your pardon to restore your gun rights. For example, 10 years since the closure of your domestic violence conviction will increase your chance getting a pardon granted versus only waiting 5 years. The older the conviction, the better your chances. Time is not the only factor that is considered, no matter how long it has been, it is not a guarantee. If it has been longer than 5 years, give our firm a call to discuss getting your gun rights back.

If you are considering a pardon call our firm today at 702-895-9111 for a free consultation with a licensed Nevada attorney.

This is for informative purposes only.  This does not create an attorney-client relationship.



5 Years after the case is closed for a Misdemeanor crime of Domestic Violence.

6 Years after release from probation, parole or prison for a category E Felony.

8 Years after the release from Probation for a category B, C or D felony.

9 Years from release from prison or parole for a category D or C Felony.

10 Years from release from prison or parole for a category B Felony.

12 Years from release from prison or parole for a category A felony.

Nevada Record Sealing

Nevada does offer criminal record sealing as well.  This may be something you are eligible for before a Pardon and record sealing tends to be a faster process.  This will not restore Gun Rights though if those have been lost due to a conviction.  It does help with employment and keeping your history hidden from the public.  For more information on record sealing, click here.

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