New Mexico Gun Laws: What You Should Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on gun laws…

New Mexico gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding New Mexico gun laws. (Not from New Mexico? Check the Legal & Second Amendment tab for your state.)

Can I Concealed Carry in New Mexico?

A New Mexico Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or a permit from a state that New Mexico honors is required to carry a concealed, loaded firearm on foot. State law limits concealed carry license holders to carrying one gun at any given time. The minimum age is 21 years old, and a 15-hour handgun safety course that includes live-fire instruction is required.

Are High-Capacity Magazines Legal in New Mexico?

Yes, since New Mexico has no law regulating large-capacity ammunition magazines, they are legal to own. The minimum age is 18 years old. The minimum age to possess and transport handguns in New Mexico is 19 years old.

Does New Mexico Honor Texas Concealed Carry Permits?

Yes. New Mexico honors Texas Licenses to Carry. New Mexico honors a total of 23 state concealed carry permits, provided the permit holders are at least 21 years old.

Do You Need a Purchase Permit to Buy a Gun in New Mexico? Is There a Requirement to Register Handguns?

No. A permit is not required to purchase a handgun in New Mexico. In addition, New Mexico does not have waiting periods after purchase or handgun registration.

Is New Mexico a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State?

Yes. According to a 1946 state Supreme Court ruling in State v. Couch, “A person who is threatened with an attack need not retreat. In the exercise of his right of self-defense, he may stand his ground and defend himself.”

A defendant who kills another in self-defense while standing his or her ground must show that he or she (1) was placed in reasonable fear of immediate death or great bodily harm, (2) used a reasonable amount of force to avoid the threat and (3) did not instigate the encounter. There is also no civil suit indemnity statute.

How Old Do You Have to Be in New Mexico to Get a Gun License?

The minimum age to obtain a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License is 21. New Mexico doesn’t issue non-resident permits, with the exception of to members of the military permanently stationed in New Mexico and their dependents. No permit is required for open or concealed carry of an unloaded firearm or transport of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Can You Have a Loaded Gun in Your Car in New Mexico?

Yes, without a permit for anyone 19 or older who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm. However, if you don’t have a permit, you may not have the weapon concealed on your person when you exit your vehicle.

Ready to Learn More About New Mexico Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about New Mexico’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the New Mexico gun laws page now… 

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.