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New Mexico allows the possession of firearms in different ways, within the territory of the state.
However, there are location restrictions and how to handle firearms according to state gun statutes.
This means that to open carry without infringing any of this law, you must be familiar with New Mexico gun laws.
New Mexico issues concealed firearm licenses for the possession of guns in the state.
The authority that oversees this is the Department of Public Safety, and the state it a shall-issue state.
New Mexico does not issue a purchase permit to buy firearms in the state, but you must complete a criminal background check.
It is a misdemeanor offense to sell a firearm without completing background checks in New Mexico.
Non-residents of the state cannot apply for a New Mexico firearm license, but they can use a permit from another state that has a reciprocity agreement with New Mexico.
Yes. You must be at least nineteen years old without a state or federal restriction to make use of firearms before you can open carry in New Mexico.
New Mexico is a permissive open carry state, and you do not need a permit or license to use a firearm openly in places that do not have restrictions.
The state does not restrict any type of firearm or ammunition. You can make use of large-capacity firearms and even antique guns.
To use machine guns or semi-automatic firearms, you must have a license and comply with federal regulations.
|State permit for open carry.||No||No||You do not need a permit to open carry firearms in New Mexico.|
|Firearm registrations for open carry.||No||No||There are no state requirements for you to register firearms meant for open carry in the state.|
|Assault weapon for open carry.||Yes||Yes||New Mexico permits the use of assault weapons and all types of ammunition|
|Magazine limit||No||No||The state does not have gun law about magazine limits|
|License for the owner of a firearm.||Not required||Not required||There are no requirements to own any exclusive owner’s license.|
|Red flag law||Yes||Yes||New Mexico is a red flag law state|
|Castle doctrine law||Yes||Yes||New Mexico is a castle doctrine state with a stand your ground policy and no duty to retreat|
|Background check for private dealers||Yes||Yes||Private dealer must complete a background check via federally licensed dealers|
|Preemption||Yes||Yes||New Mexico preempts local gun laws in the state.|
|Concealed carry permit.||Yes||Yes||You need a concealed firearm permit to qualify for conceal carry in New Mexico.|
|Concealed carry in personal vehicle||Yes||Yes||You can conceal carry in your vehicle as long as you are with your license|
|Open carry in Schools||No||No||New Mexico prohibits open carry in schools, technical institutions, colleges, and universities.|
New Mexico allows the possession of firearms and open carry in the following places:
You are prohibited from using firearms or open carry in the following parts of the state:
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about open carry in New Mexico that you should know:
No. You do not need a state permit to open carry in New Mexico.
Yes. You can only conceal carry in New Mexico if you have a state permit to do.
To open carry in New Mexico, you must be at least nineteen years old.
You must be at least twenty-one years to conceal carry in New Mexico.
You must be at least twenty-one years old to apply for the conceal firearm license, except you are a member of the United States Armed Forces, then you can be twenty-one years old.
Yes. A court of law can issue a risk protection order to anyone after receiving a petition from a law enforcement officer.
The protection order prohibits such a person from possessing, buying, and selling firearms in the state until the order elapses.
No. New Mexico firearm permit is only valid to residents of the state, military members posted to the state, and their dependents.
However, non-residents can open carry in New Mexico if they have a permit from a state that it reciprocates.
No. New Mexico is not a constitutional state.
You can only open carry knife types that are legal to own in New Mexico, in your car, or on a property that you own.
New Mexico prohibits weapons like switchblades, butterfly knives, dirks, daggers, etc.
No. The state prohibits concealed carry of deadly weapons that can cause serious injuries.
No. It is not unlawful to possess assault weapons, large capacity firearms, and any other type of ammunition in the state.
The state allows licensed machine guns and semi-automatic firearms used in compliance with federal laws.
No. New Mexico does not issue purchase permits to buy firearms in the state.
Yes. There is a compulsory criminal record background check for everybody that wants to buy a firearm in New Mexico.
Even private dealers must complete the sale through a federally licensed dealer, except for the transfer of firearms between family members in the state.
The license is valid for four years, after which you have to apply for a renewal.
No, no state law requires anyone to notify a law enforcement officer they come across, about their possession of a firearm.
Yes. A person under attack has no duty to retreat and can stand his or her grounds, especially if the attack is in a place he or she has lawful rights to be.
Yes, you can make use of deadly force to protect yourself, or a third party, but you must be able to prove the following:
Yes, you must complete a fifteen hours’ firearm training course that is approved by the state before you apply for a permit.
Renewal permits require another two hours’ retainer course.
No, the state statute does not mention anything about firearm registrations.
Some of New Mexico laws that relate to open carry in the state and how you should go about it include the following:
New Mexico enforces the no carry weapon license in the state.
Therefore, it is unlawful for anyone to possess a firearm on properties that have a post and prohibits this, or when the owner of the property verbally says he or she does not want guns on the premises.
If you have a permit, then you can open carry in more places, like a restaurant and bar where alcohol generates more than half of annual income except there is a post prohibiting this or the manager of the site does not permit it.
New Mexico preempts gun laws in the state, and local municipalities and areas law are subject to the authority of the state government.
It is illegal to brandish firearms in such a way that threatens another person’s safety.
The state law also prohibits any act that can lead to battery or assault with a firearm, except if you are using the gun legally, or you are acting under self-defense.
New Mexico is a red flag law state, and this law took effect in May twenty-twenty.
The law allows enforcement officers to be able to file a petition against someone who needs a protection or restriction order.
If a court approves this order, then such a person will not be able to possess, buy, or sell firearms in the state until a judge lifts the injunction.
You cannot make use of your firearm while under the influence of alcohol in New Mexico.
This also includes while under the influence of drugs, intoxicants, or any other medication that can cause impairment.
You can open carry while hunting if you have a license to engage in such activities.
Nobody can take part in hunting in New Mexico except he or she has the legal rights to do so, and it is during a hunting season in an area of the state permitted by the authority.
Also, nobody can make use of a firearm while hunting in the state except if the gun is an approved tool for that type of hunting.
You can also possess a firearm for bow hunting in the state, but it can only be used in the following ways: