New Mexico is a “Shall Issue” state and only issues permits to residents. Compared to other states, New Mexico is fairly unrestrictive, and allows if the conceal carry laws are similar to New Mexico you can transfer your license without much hassle. Open carry is legal and common in the state as long as you have a license.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||No|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in New Mexico. During their time in New Mexico, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
Open carry without a license is legal and common in New Mexico. There is full state premption on gun laws so no local authorities can stop a person from open carry. However, you will need a license to carry in liquor stores. The places listed in our off-limits section also apply to open carry. The minimum age for a person to open carry is 19.
If you are not prohibited from possessing a firearm then the law in New Mexico allows a loaded, concealed firearm to be carried in a vehicle (includes motorcyles and bicycles) without a license to carry. When you exit the vehicle you cannot have the firearm concealed on your person, unless you have a license for that. 30.7.2 NMSA 1978
It is illegal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES – Admin code 18.104.22.168 State/National Forests: YES State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – 17.2.12 Road Side Rest Areas: YES
It is legal to carry into a restuarant that only sells wine or beer and gets more than 60% of its annual receipts from the sale of food. If the restuarant has posted a “NO WEAPONS” sign then you will not be able to enter the premises. Also note that the law states “Wine or Beer” so it becomes illegal if you enter a restaurant that sells hard liquor. 30.7.3 (A)(4)(b)
New Mexico does not have constitutional carry.
No gun signs in New Mexico have the force of law. If posted they apply to private property and licensed liquor establishements. 10.8.2.16 – Carry on private property 30.7.3 – Carry in liquor establishments
There is no requirement in New mexico to inform law enforcement you are carrying a concealed firearm. The law does require you to have your license on you at all times when you are carrying a concealed firearm and to display that license to law enforcement if requested to do so. 29.19.9 Possession of license 10.8.2.16 D – Display of license