[Rev. 11/21/2013 10:02:14 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 203 - CRIMES AGAINST THE PUBLIC PEACE

NRS 203.010           Breach of peace.

NRS 203.020           Assembling to disturb peace or to commit unlawful act.

NRS 203.030           Provoking commission of breach of peace.

NRS 203.040           Publishing matter inciting breach of peace or other crime.

NRS 203.050           Affray.

NRS 203.060           Unlawful assembly.

NRS 203.070           Rout and riot.

NRS 203.080           Armed association.

NRS 203.090           Disturbing meeting.

NRS 203.100           Offenses in public conveyances.

NRS 203.110           Forcible entry and detainer.

NRS 203.115           Criminal anarchy.

NRS 203.117           Criminal syndicalism.

NRS 203.119           Commission of act in public building or area interfering with peaceful conduct of activities.

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      NRS 203.010  Breach of peace.  Every person who shall maliciously and willfully disturb the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or person or family by loud or unusual noises, or by tumultuous and offensive conduct, threatening, traducing, quarreling, challenging to fight, or fighting, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 327; RL § 6592; NCL § 10275]—(NRS A 1967, 489; 1971, 150)

      NRS 203.020  Assembling to disturb peace or to commit unlawful act.  If two or more persons assemble for the purpose of disturbing the public peace, or committing any unlawful act, and do not disperse, on being desired or commanded so to do by a judge, justice of the peace, sheriff, coroner, constable or other public officer, the persons so offending are guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 328; RL § 6593; NCL § 10276]—(NRS A 1967, 489)

      NRS 203.030  Provoking commission of breach of peace.  Every person who shall by word, sign or gesture willfully provoke, or attempt to provoke, another person to commit a breach of the peace shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [Part 1911 C&P § 150; RL § 6415; NCL § 10097]

      NRS 203.040  Publishing matter inciting breach of peace or other crime.

      1.  Every person who shall willfully print, publish, edit, issue, or knowingly circulate, sell, distribute or display any book, paper, document or written or printed matter, in any form, advocating, encouraging or inciting or having a tendency to encourage or incite the commission of any crime, breach of the peace, or act of violence, or which shall tend to encourage or advocate disrespect for law or for any court or courts of justice, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      2.  Every editor or proprietor of a book, newspaper or serial and every manager of a partnership, corporation or association by which a book, newspaper or serial is issued, is chargeable with the publication of any matter contained in such book, newspaper or serial. But in every prosecution therefor, the defendant may show in his or her defense that the matter complained of was published without the defendant’s knowledge or fault and against the defendant’s wishes by another who had no authority from the defendant to make the publication, and was retracted by the defendant as soon as known with an equal degree of publicity.

      [1911 C&P § 352; RL § 6617; NCL § 10300] + [1911 C&P § 353; RL § 6618; NCL § 10301]

      NRS 203.050  Affray.  If two or more persons shall, by agreement, fight in a public place, to the terror of the citizens of this state, the persons so offending commit an affray and are guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 329; RL § 6594; NCL § 10277]—(NRS A 1967, 489)

      NRS 203.060  Unlawful assembly.  If two or more persons shall assemble together to do an unlawful act, and separate without doing or advancing toward it, such persons commit an unlawful assembly, and are guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 330; RL § 6595; NCL § 10278]—(NRS A 1967, 490)

      NRS 203.070  Rout and riot.

      1.  If two or more persons shall meet to do an unlawful act, upon a common cause of quarrel, and make advances toward it, they commit a rout, and are guilty of a misdemeanor.

      2.  If two or more persons shall actually do an unlawful act of violence, either with or without a common cause of quarrel or even do a lawful act, in a violent, tumultuous and illegal manner, they commit a riot, and are guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 331; RL § 6596; NCL § 10279]—(NRS A 1967, 490)

      NRS 203.080  Armed association.

      1.  It shall be unlawful for any body of individuals other than municipal police, university or public school cadets or companies, militia of the State or troops of the United States, to associate themselves together as a military company with arms without the consent of the Governor; but members of social and benevolent associations are not prohibited from wearing swords.

      2.  Every person who shall associate with others in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 339; RL § 6604; NCL § 10287]—(NRS A 1967, 1341)

      NRS 203.090  Disturbing meeting.  Every person who, without authority of law, shall willfully disturb any assembly or meeting not unlawful in its character, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 342; RL § 6607; NCL § 10290]

      NRS 203.100  Offenses in public conveyances.  Every person who shall willfully use profane, offensive or indecent language or engage in any quarrel in any public conveyance, or interfere with or annoy any passenger therein, or having refused to pay the proper fare shall fail to leave any such conveyance upon demand, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 346; RL § 6611; NCL § 10294]

      NRS 203.110  Forcible entry and detainer.  Every person who shall unlawfully use, or encourage or assist another in unlawfully using, any force or violence in entering upon or detaining any lands or other possessions of another; and every person who, having removed or been removed therefrom pursuant to the order or direction of any court, tribunal or officer, shall afterward unlawfully return to settle or reside upon, or take possession of, such lands or possessions, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [1911 C&P § 478; RL § 6743; NCL § 10427]

      NRS 203.115  Criminal anarchy.

      1.  Criminal anarchy is the doctrine that organized government should be overthrown by force or violence, or by assassination of the executive head or of any of the executive officials of government, or by any unlawful means.

      2.  It is unlawful:

      (a) For any person, by word of mouth or writing, to advocate, advise or teach the duty, necessity or propriety of overthrowing or overturning organized government by force or violence, or by assassination of the executive head or of any of the executive officials of government, or by any unlawful means;

      (b) For any person to print, publish, edit, issue or knowingly to circulate, sell, distribute or publicly to display any book, paper, document, or written or printed matter in any form, containing or advocating, advising or teaching the doctrine that organized government should be overthrown by force, violence or any unlawful means;

      (c) For any person openly, willfully and deliberately to justify by word of mouth or writing the assassination or unlawful killing or assaulting of any executive or other officer of the United States or of any state or of any civilized nation having an organized government because of his or her official character, or any other crime, with the intent to teach, spread or advocate the propriety of the doctrines of criminal anarchy;

      (d) For any person to organize or help to organize or become a member of or voluntarily to assemble with any society, group or assembly of persons formed to teach or advocate such a doctrine;

      (e) For two or more persons to assemble for the purpose of advocating or teaching the doctrines of criminal anarchy as defined in subsection 1; or

      (f) For any owner, agent, superintendent, janitor, caretaker or occupant of any place, building or room willfully and knowingly to permit therein any assemblage of persons prohibited by paragraph (e), or, after notification that the premises are so used, to permit such use to be continued.

      3.  A person who violates the provisions of subsection 2 is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 6 years, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.

      (Added to NRS by 1967, 490; A 1979, 1437; 1995, 1211)

      NRS 203.117  Criminal syndicalism.

      1.  Criminal syndicalism is the doctrine which advocates or teaches crime, sabotage, violence or unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing industrial or political reform.

      2.  It is unlawful:

      (a) For any person, by word of mouth or writing, to advocate or teach the duty, necessity or propriety of crime, sabotage, violence or other unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing industrial or political reform;

      (b) For any person to print, publish, edit, issue or knowingly to circulate, sell, distribute or publicly to display any book, paper, document or written matter in any form, containing or advocating, advising or teaching the doctrine that industrial or political reform should be brought about by crime, sabotage, violence or other unlawful methods of terrorism;

      (c) For any person openly, willfully and deliberately to justify, by word of mouth or writing, the commission or the attempt to commit crime, sabotage, violence or other unlawful methods of terrorism with the intent to exemplify, spread or advocate the propriety of the doctrine of criminal syndicalism;

      (d) For any person to organize or help to organize or become a member of, or voluntarily to assemble with, any society, group or assemblage of persons formed to teach or advocate the doctrine of criminal syndicalism;

      (e) For two or more persons to assemble for the purpose of advocating or teaching the doctrines of criminal syndicalism as defined in subsection 1; or

      (f) For any owner, agent, superintendent, janitor, caretaker or occupant of any place, building or room, willfully and knowingly to permit therein any assemblage of persons prohibited by the provisions of paragraph (e), or, after notification that the premises are so used, to permit such use to be continued.

      3.  A person who violates the provisions of subsection 2 is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 6 years, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.

      (Added to NRS by 1967, 491; A 1979, 1437; 1995, 1212)

      NRS 203.119  Commission of act in public building or area interfering with peaceful conduct of activities.

      1.  A person shall not commit any act in a public building or on the public grounds surrounding the building which interferes with the peaceful conduct of activities normally carried on in the building or on the grounds.

      2.  Any person whose conduct is prohibited by subsection 1 who refuses to leave the building or grounds upon request by the proper official is guilty of a misdemeanor.

      3.  Any person who aids, counsels or abets another to commit an act prohibited by subsection 2 is guilty of a misdemeanor.

      4.  For the purpose of this section:

      (a) “Proper official” means the person or persons designated by the administrative officer or board in charge of the building.

      (b) “Public building” means any building owned by:

             (1) Any component of the Nevada System of Higher Education and used for any purpose related to the System.

             (2) The State of Nevada or any county, city, school district or other political subdivision of the State and used for any public purpose.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 582; A 1985, 335; 1993, 365)