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New Mexico Gun Laws

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  • Yes, with restrictions
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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.

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New Mexico Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? No
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Yes
Must Notify Officer? No

New Mexico CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In New Mexico

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.

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Reciprocity Agreements In New Mexico

New Mexico: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – excluding those listed as off limits

Places Not Allowed

  • Public schools, colleges and universities, except in a vehicle if older than 19
  • Preschools
  • Law enforcement agency facilities
  • Courts, any State, County, Municipal or Tribal Court
  • State wild life management areas
  • Tribal land
  • Public buses
  • Airport security zones
  • On private property where the owner has posted signs indicating that you may not carry or if the owner tells you that you cannot
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

New Mexico: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

Yes

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.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

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

Carry In State Parks

No

It is illegal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES – Admin code 19.5.2.21 State/National Forests: YES State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – 17.2.12 Road Side Rest Areas: YES

Carry In Restaurants

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)

Constitutional Carry

No

New Mexico does not have constitutional carry.

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Yes

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

Must Notify Officer

No

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

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