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Nevada's Criminal Gatekeeper Statute

Although much of Nevada is unfenced open range (see yesterday's post), that doesn't mean that the state treats the responsibility of gatekeepers lightly.  More than a century ago, Assemblymember Thomas Hagar introduced legislation criminalizing the failure to close a gate.  This law, now codified at NRS 207.220(1) provides:

"Any person or persons opening and passing through gates or bars when gates or bars are placed in fences enclosing fields, or in fences partly enclosing lands, and not shutting and fastening the same, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor."

Urbanites can rest easy, as the statute does not apply ex oppido:

The provisions of this section shall not apply to gates in towns and cities nor gates necessary in the approach to any building or works where the passing through or into fields or lands is not contemplated."

NRS 207.220(2).

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Keith Paul Bishop is a partner in Allen Matkins' Corporate and Securities practice group, and works out of the Orange County office. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and tender offers, corporate governance matters and federal and state securities laws (including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act), investment adviser, financial services regulation, and California administrative law. He regularly advises clients...