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New Mexico Concealed Carry Law

New Mexico allows the open carry of both handguns and long guns as long as they are clearly visible.  Concealed carry is allowed with a permit for handguns only.  New Mexico has state preemption regarding the possession and use of firearms.  Local governments may not impose any laws that restrict the possession or use of firearms.  One note is that state laws do not pre-empt tribal laws on Native American reservations, restrictions vary from tribe to tribe and vary in severity of restrictions and whether or not concealed weapons permits are required.

New Mexico is a “shall issue” state with the completion of a 15-hour handgun safety course that includes live-fire instruction.  In order to apply for a concealed weapon permit in the state of New Mexico you must complete the following:

1) Complete two-page application
2) Provide a photocopy of New Mexico Driver License of ID
3) $100.00 Application Fee (no cash)
4) Certified Original Birth Certificate
5) Training Completion Certificate
6) Two Fingerprint Cards, completed and signed
7) Health Information Release Form
8) Authorization for Release of Information

Additionally you must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the state of New Mexico.  When you receive your permit it will specify what caliber of handgun you may carry, it will also be valid for a smaller caliber.

There are still restrictions on where you may carry with a concealed weapon permit.  Firearms are not legal in federal buildings, schools or restaurants that serve alcohol.

Another way to obtain a concealed weapon permit that is valid in New Mexico via reciprocity agreements between the two states is to complete the requirements for the Arizona non-resident permit.

Welcome to, New Mexico’s premier Concealed Carry training website.  We offer a fast and intuitive carry class entirely over the Internet.  Our expert instructors will guide you through all the basics, and then just pass a 20-question exam, and we’ll send you a certificate of completion.  You’ll be able to apply for the Arizona Non-Resident Multi-State Permit, which is honored in New Mexico and 28 other states.


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