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Overview for New Mexico

Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) does not allow citizens, convicted of a felony with a prison sentence over a year to own firearms. This includes hand guns, and long guns. Many states allow convicted felons to own firearms after a certain amount of time has passed, (usually 10 years or more) since the end of their sentence, and/or if they are given a full pardon by certain authority figures (Governors, President, etc.) This state does not allow felons to own firearms, unless one of the above conditions is met.

New Mexican tribes on Native American reservations can create their own firearm laws. Some tribes have laws matching New Mexico’s laws. Most have their own firearm regulations that are more restrictive than the state’s. Many tribes have their own permitting system that can vary from “may issue” to “shall issue”. For more information on tribal laws in this state and others click here.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for New Mexico.

New Mexico Concealed Carry Reciprocity

New Mexico Magazine Capacity


Does New Mexico have a gun buy back program?

Yes, New Mexico has a gun buy back program.

Does New Mexico have an inheritance gun law?

New Mexico does not have an inheritance gun law.

New Mexico FAQ

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