New Mexico Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in New Mexico

Gun laws for New Mexico control how citizens use, sell, buy and transfer firearms in the state. New Mexico’s firearms laws are very permissive and include explosives and other weapons. New Mexico is a “Shall Issue” state for concealed carry. The state preempts local government from issuing laws regarding the use, sale, and purchase of weapons. In places where Native Americans live, tribal laws take over, unless traveling on a state-owned highway. Depending on the tribe some allow open carry, concealed carry and some are “No Issue” areas. Native American areas take up a considerable portion of the state. New Mexico allows open carry, but issues concealed permits for concealed carry, which is required if you are on foot. The law gets a bit confusing in its wording and meaning by stating "a loaded handgun that is not visible to the ordinary observations of a reasonable person." To obtain a permit, you must take a 15-hour training class which includes range time and classroom work. These laws took effect in 2003. Before that, New Mexico operated as a “No Issue/Unrestricted” state.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes-In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 35 # of states that honor New Mexico license
  • 24 # of state licenses that New Mexico honors
  • 4 Years license is valid
  • 100 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

New Mexico’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

New Mexico CCW Reciprocity Map

Thirty-five states in the U.S. offer New Mexico reciprocity for their gun permits. These states are: 

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, and Wyoming. New Mexico honors gun permits from only these twenty-four states: 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, and Wyoming. New Mexico only allows Idaho’s Enhanced Permit.

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New Mexico Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

New Mexico is a “Shall Issue” state and provides them to resident only. However, if you are a non-resident, you can transfer your out-of-state permit to a New Mexico one. New Mexico allows open carry, but for concealed carry, you do need a permit. Once obtained you can carry in state parks, your own vehicle, rest areas, national parks and other areas of the state except for schools, colleges, law enforcement buildings, tribal land, courthouses, wildlife preserves, preschools, airports, and private property. The New Mexico Department of Safety issues permits. They are usually processed within 30 days. You do need to obey “no weapons” signs, but you do not have to notify officers that you are carrying. You can carry in state parks and restaurants that serve alcohol.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

There is a long list of requirements when applying for a concealed permit. First, you must be 21 years or older and a U.S. citizen. You must be a resident of New Mexico and complete a firearms training course. If you are in the armed forces and your home base is New Mexico, you qualify. You cannot have any felonies, misdemeanors or any outstanding warrants for your arrest. You must not be mentally ill or ineligible by federal law. You will not be able to get a license if you are drug addicted or an alcoholic. You must not have any convictions on your record for violent offenses, or any drug charges for five years prior. If you have any convictions for domestic abuse, you will not qualify either. You must also comply with federal regulations. Permits cost $100 for new and $75 for renewals. Licenses are good for four years.

New Mexico Gun Background Check

New Mexico is not a “point of contact” for NCIS. Therefore, they do not have their own system for performing a background check for the sale of guns. However, they are subject to federal law per the Brady Act and have to run a federal background check through NCIS. New Mexico law does not require any background checks for private sales.

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NM CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • 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 requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

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

CCW Renewal

  • A licensee may renew his concealed handgun license by submitting to the department a completed renewal form, under penalty of perjury, designed and provided by the department, accompanied by a payment of a $75.00 renewal fee. A licensee who renews his concealed handgun license may renew his license by taking a four-hour refresher firearms training course and paying the $75.00 renewal fee to the department. The department shall conduct a national criminal records check of the licensee seeking to renew his license. A concealed handgun license shall not be renewed more than sixty days after it has expired. A licensee who fails to renew his concealed handgun license within sixty days after it has expired may apply for a new concealed handgun license pursuant to the provisions of the Concealed Handgun Carry Act.
  • All licensees must take a 2-hour refresher course within 26 months of the issuance of an original or a renewed license. The course may be taken 22 to 26 months after issuance, and a certificate of completion must be submitted to the department within 30 days of completion.

NM Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
License to possess and carry machine guns and assault firearms
$100.00$75.00Up to $400

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in New Mexico

State parksPublic schools, colleges and universities, except in a vehicle if older than 19
State and national forestsPreschools
Road side rest areasLaw enforcement agency facilities
VehicleCourts, any State, County, Municipal or Tribal Court
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenState 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 CCW Contact

New Mexico Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:7:00 am - 5:00 pm


Address:NMDPS Concealed Handgun Carry Unit
6301 Indian School Rd NE Ste. 310
City:Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone:(505) 841 -8053
(505) 841-9187

CCW Licensing Offices in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Public Safety Concealed Handgun Carry Unit

Office Address
6301 Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 310, Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 841 -8053

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Counties in New Mexico