Relevant Nevada Statutes
Here are the legal statutes for justifiable or excusable homicide in Nevada. Now, we all know the law is also subject to political pressures and how a jury of your peers might view the issue. Here in Nevada, we take a pretty dim view of people breaking down doors or climbing through windows to get at you or your stuff. Now, I am not saying you can shoot people for stealing your stuff. On the other hand, it is generally considered that if someone is in your home without your permission that there is a threat to yourself. Whether or not that threat is imminent is dependent on a number of factors. Someone who sees you and turns and runs out the door is not an imminent threat. Someone advancing on you in a threatening manner is.
I think we can all agree that no one wants to hurt anyone else but that some of us have decided based on the facts at hand that self defense is a viable option and self defense with a gun is also a viable option. The gun is a tool and if I have gun, then I am going to train with it and read up on the issues.
NRS 200.150 Justifiable or excusable homicide.
- 1. In the lawful defense of the slayer, or his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother or sister, or of any other person in his or her presence or company, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the person slain to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury to the slayer or to any such person, and there is imminent danger of such design being accomplished; or
- 2. In the actual resistance of an attempt to commit a felony upon the slayer, in his or her presence, or upon or in a dwelling, or other place of abode in which the slayer is.
- 1. The danger was so urgent and pressing that, in order to save the person's own life, or to prevent the person from receiving great bodily harm, the killing of the other was absolutely necessary; and
- 2. The person killed was the assailant, or that the slayer had really, and in good faith, endeavored to decline any further struggle before the mortal blow was given.