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THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community

THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
THE RENO
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Your Police, Our Community
FIREARM RELEASE PUBLIC NOTIFICATION
Detectives badge EXPECTED FIREARM RETURN TIMES

Each firearm request is reviewed in the order they are received. The Reno Police Department Firearm Review Unit is required to submit certain types of firearms into the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, known as IBIS. There is currently a backlog on IBIS testing, and this contributes to an increased review time for many firearms. IBIS is not controlled by the Reno Police Department and we do not have the ability to expedite that process. A complete background check of the owner/requestor will also be completed prior to the firearm being released. The time for this depends on many factors to include case dispositions, state database requests, etc.


All questions related to firearm review case status can be made by e-mailing your questions to RPDfirearmreviewunit@reno.gov.


FIREARM OWNER BACKGROUND CHECK

The Reno Police Department follows State of Nevada and Federal statute guidelines when conducting background checks. Refer to the Federal Gun Control Act in section 922 (g) or (n) of Title 18, United States Code and Nevada Revised Statute 202.360 for prohibited person outlined categories. The main elements are listed below:


Gun Control Act Prohibited Categories:


922(g) 1- Are Convicted of a Crime Punishable by Imprisonment for a Term Exceeding One year


922(g) 2- Are fugitives From Justice


922(g) 3- Are Unlawful Users of or Addicted to Any Controlled Substance/p>

922(g) 4- Have Been Adjudicated as Mental Defectives or Have Been Committed to a Mental Institution


922(g) 5- Are Aliens and Are Illegally or Unlawfully in the United States


922(g) 6- Have Been Discharged for the Armed Forces under Dishonorable Conditions


922(g) 7- Have Renounced Their U.S. Citizenship


922(g) 8- Are Subject to a Qualifying Protection/Restraining Order


922(g) 9- Have Been convicted in Any Court of a Qualifying Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence


922(n) - Are Under Indictment/Information for a Crime Punishable by Imprisonment for a Term Exceeding One Year



For further information on prohibited person, choose a category below.


Gun Control Act

Firearm Possession Prohibition Federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922[g][1-9]


Ownership of possession of firearm by certain persons prohibited

NRS 202.360


Sale, transfer or disposal of firearm or ammunition to certain persons prohibited; purchase of firearm on behalf of certain persons prohibited.

NRS 202.362


FIREARM HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK

The firearm return policy is a detailed process that involves firearm history and, in many cases, ballistic testing. Most firearms are sent to the Integrated Ballistics Identification System for testing. The information is entered into the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network database. Additionally, firearm information is commonly sent to ETrace. A firearm return request will not be reviewed until the firearm is returned from IBIS and ETrace.


WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET MY FIREARM RETURNED

Once your Firearm Release Request Application is received, the RPD Firearms Review Unit will send you a notification via e-mail that we are in receipt of your request.


WHAT IS A VALID PROOF OF OWNERSHIP?

A valid Proof of Ownership shows that the person requesting the firearm be returned to them is the LEGAL OWNER of the firearm. Proof of Ownership can include:


  • a copy of the Brady Paperwork (ATF Form 4473) completed at time of gun purchase. *This is the best option for showing Proof of Ownership*
  • a firearm purchase receipt with your name, date of birth, and the make, model and serial number of the firearm printed on the receipt, or
  • a family will, probate order, etc.

** To expedite your request, please include a Proof of Ownership with your Firearms Return Request **


Example - ATF FORM 4473

This cannot be used as a Proof of Ownership

as it is not verifiable and most often handwritten

FIREARM’S TAKEN AS EVIDENCE, FOUND PROPERTY OR SAFEKEEPING
Evidence

If the firearm has been taken as evidence in a crime or suspected crime, it will not be returned until the court case has been concluded. If the court case is completed, obtain an Evidence Release Form from the court and include a copy as an attachment in the RPD Firearm App Request.


Found Firearm

The owner will be notified and given 90 days to prove ownership and claim the firearm per RMC Section 2.06.060. All unclaimed firearms will be destroyed.

Safekeeping

Firearms that are being held for safekeeping shall be returned to the legal owner upon request and after a firearm background review is completed. Firearms not requested within 90 days will be disposed of per RMC Section 2.06.060.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Protection Order

If your firearm is being held by the Reno Police Department due to a protection order, your order must be expired and you must file a motion at the District Court requesting the return of the firearm(s). The Court must grant the motion and generate a Court Order for the release of the firearm(s). It is the owner’s responsibility to include the court order, as an attachment, with a completed Firearms Return Request from the RPD app.

Can Someone Else Pick Up My Firearm?

If you would like someone else to pick up your firearm, we must receive a notarized letter of authorization from you. The person authorized to pick up your firearm will undergo a Federal background check prior to pick-up.


If the firearms owner is deceased, you must have paperwork showing you as the Executor of the Estate, or a Will with a copy of the death certificate. Please include the report number on all paperwork in order for us to help you more efficiently.


I Am A Person Prohibited From Possessing A Firearm, Can I Have My Firearm Returned To Me?

If you are a prohibited person from possessing a firearm, you may not have your firearm returned to you. The firearm will be destroyed or you may be able to transfer the firearm to another person, using a licensed, State of Nevada, gun dealer (owner of the firearm is responsible for all fees associated with the transfer). You must fill out obtain an Affidavit of Abandonment of Firearms Form. To request a form, e-mail RPDfirearmreviewunit@reno.gov.


I Live Outside Of the Reno, Nevada Area. Can I Have My Firearm Mailed To Me?

In some circumstances, items can be mailed to a local law enforcement agency or to a licensed gun dealer. The owner/requestor may be required to cover all shipping costs. Please contact the Evidence and Property section at 775-334-2113, or e-mail RPDfirearmreviewunit@reno.gov for further details.