New Mexico

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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.

New Mexico

Requirements to qualify for a New Mexico handgun license

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Complete a firearms training course.
  • A resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico.
  • You are not a fugitive from justice.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
  • You have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution.
  • You are not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances.
  • You have satisfactorily completed a firearms training course.
  • You have not received a;
    1. conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the ten year period preceding application;
    2. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
    3. been convicted within the ten year period preceding application of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance; or
    4. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.
  • Federal Law - Prohibits the following persons 

How to apply for a New Mexico handgun license

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

    1. Complete a firearms training course.
    2. Go to your local Police or Sheriff to get fingerprinted
    3. Gather all the documents required;
      • Two fingerprint cards
      • Certified original copy of your birth certificate, must be issued by vital statistics
        in the state in which you were born, no photocopies,
      • Copy of certificate of completion of firearms training,
      • Copy of New Mexico Driver’s License or Identification Card,
      • Release forms and any other supporting documentation.
    4. Send your application and supporting documents to;

NM Department of Public Safety
SID/Concealed Carry Unit
6301 Indian School Rd. NE Suite 310
Albuquerque, NM 87110

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

How to renew your New Mexico handgun license

  • A New Mexico handgun license can be renewed 60 days before or 60 days after the expiry date.
  • If the license has expired then the licensee cannot carry a concealed handgun until the license is renewed.
  • firearms refresher course will need to be completed, this can be done online.
  • Fingerprints will need to be supplied if they are not already on file with the Department of Public Safety.
  • Government photo ID will need to be supplied such as a New Mexico drivers license.
  • Use the same form that is used for new applications, just tick the renewal box on it.

Schedule of fee's for a New Mexico handgun license

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Individual $100 (includes $56 fee + $44 fingerprint fee) $75
Instructor $44 (for fingerprints) $0
Duplicate/Modification $10

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    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

    Yes
    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.
    Yes
    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
    No
    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
    Yes
    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)
    No
    NO New Mexico does not have constitutional carry.
    Yes
    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
    No
    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

    New Mexico

    Quick Facts

    Open Carry

    Yes

    Carry In Vehicle

    Yes

    Carry In State Parks

    No

    Carry In Restaurants

    Yes

    Constitutional Carry

    No

    No Weapons Signs Enforced

    Yes

    Must Notify Officer

    No
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