New Mexico Gun Laws

New Mexico Gun Laws

New Mexico State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places


Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - Burglary, arson, robbery, rape, kidnapping

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

 Statute says you can kill in defense of property, but New Mexico courts have limited that to defense of home


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in New Mexico


The New Mexico Department of Public Safety administers the Concealed Handgun Carry Licensing Program under the authority of the New Mexico Concealed Handgun Carry Act of 2003.

NMDPS licenses individuals to carry concealed handguns within New Mexico, evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility.

State Website, CLICK HERE:

Concealed Handgun Carry Info

NMDPS Concealed Handgun Carry Unit 6301 Indian School Rd NE Ste. 310 Albuquerque, NM 87110 Ph: (505) 841-8053 Office hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM Send questions to:  For inquiries about application status: 

New Mexico Recipocity Information CLICK HERE