Nevada Crimes and Punishments

Sec. § 200.120
“Justifiable homicide” defined; no duty to retreat under certain circumstances.


Justifiable homicide is the killing of a human being in necessary self-defense, or in defense of an occupied habitation, an occupied motor vehicle or a person, against one who manifestly intends or endeavors to commit a crime of violence, or against any person or persons who manifestly intend and endeavor, in a violent, riotous, tumultuous or surreptitious manner, to enter the occupied habitation or occupied motor vehicle, of another for the purpose of assaulting or offering personal violence to any person dwelling or being therein.


A person is not required to retreat before using deadly force as provided in subsection 1 if the person:


Is not the original aggressor;


Has a right to be present at the location where deadly force is used; and


Is not actively engaged in conduct in furtherance of criminal activity at the time deadly force is used.


As used in this section:


“Crime of violence” means any felony for which there is a substantial risk that force or violence may be used against the person or property of another in the commission of the felony.


“Motor vehicle” means every vehicle which is self-propelled.

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Feb. 5, 2021