A Las Vegas man with a concealed weapon permit was killed by police at a popular retail store last month after a store employee spotted his concealed firearm and reported to police that he was acting erratically. A Las Vegas Sun analysis of records made public by the Nevada Supreme Court shows people from many professions and backgrounds are authorized to carry concealed weapons in Las Vegas’s Clark County: Politicians, casino moguls and mothers. State lawmakers, doctors and retired police officers. Journalists, lawyers and business owners.
Some permit holders said the recession had them more worried about violence. Others described themselves as gun enthusiasts who had applied for the privilege of secretly carrying a weapon but rarely used it. A Reno conservative talk-show host spent no fewer than four hours on the air taking angry calls and e-mails from permit holders. The National Rifle Association promised a push to make the names of permit holders confidential in the legislature next year. Krys Bart, executive director of the Washoe County Airport Authority, who has had a permit for a year, said, “I felt that my rights were violated” when the court released the names of concealed weapon permit holders.