Nevada is located in the Great Basin of the United States, with the
majority of the state being desert land. It is the seventh largest and
the thirty fifth most populous state, with over two thirds of the
population being concentrated in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area.
The state is named after the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, and is the
largest landlocked state in the U.S. without a shared border with
Canada or Mexico. Nevada is divided into sixteen counties, with Clark
County being the most populous, followed by Washoe County.
Entertainment and Marriage
The establishment of legalized gambling along with lenient marriage and
divorce laws in the 20th century made Nevada into a major tourist
destination. Often referred to as the "Entertainment Capital of the
World," the city of Las Vegas attracts over thirty million tourists
Vegas offers a wide array of casinos, shopping, dining, hotels, and is
very well known for many spectacular shows that are performed
throughout the year. The largest employer in the state is the tourism
industry. Nevada is divided into 16 counties, with Clark County being
the most populous, followed by Washoe County.
In the United States, each state has the power to decide if
prostitution is legal or not. Nevada is the only state that allows the
buying and selling of sexual services. Prostitution is lawful in only
certain vicinities in the state and the service must be provided under
Certain counties prohibit brothel licensing, and therefore
prostitution. These include Clark, Washoe, Douglas and Lincoln
Counties. It is interesting to note that Las Vegas is part of Clark
County, making prostitution illegal in "Sin City."
With all the partying that goes on in Las Vegas, it is important to the
safety of everyone that Nevada maintain and enforce DUI laws. While the
state is liberal in many ways, they take driving under the influence
very seriously. Penalties for a first DUI conviction include a drivers
license suspension of 90 days, a fine between $400 and $1000 and up to
6 months in jail.
A sentence may also require community service, DUI school, alcohol
treatment/education. Additionally, an ignition interlock device may be
required once the license is changed from a suspended to a restricted
status. Subsequent offenses carry even harsher penalties. If you are
planning to live it up in Vegas, or anywhere else in the state, it
would be in everyone's best interests if you made arrangements not to
be behind the wheel while you are intoxicated.
Nevada ranks as one of the top three most dangerous states in the
nation, and this is sometimes thought to be due in part to their lax
gun laws. The state does not require a permit or license to purchase or
possess a firearm. Registration is also unnecessary. A permit is only
required for carrying a concealed weapon.
The process to apply to carry a concealed weapon is not difficult or
strict. Due to the high amount of tourism, Nevada honors the permits of
several other states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana,
Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee.