The Law Can Be A Deciding Factor In New Mexico For Choosing Your Ammunition For Self Defense
When you begin your research in New Mexico on choosing the right ammunition for your particular needs one factor that must always be taken into consideration is the Law, and it is one facotr that many either take for granted or don't think about, and that is the ammunition laws in New Mexico.
There are several states that limit the type of ammo that someone can carry, as an example Illinois will not allow even their own law-enforcement officers to carry hollow point ammunition. It is recommended at the beginning of your research in New Mexico that you find out first if there are any such restrictions in your state and if so what ammunition is going to be excluded from your research.
As a side note; remember you may have ammo in your gun that is completely legal in your state but if you plan to carry your firearm using the reciprocity laws with other states you and your gun may be legal yet you're ammunition not be.
There are documented incidents where individuals have carried their firearm across state lines and had all the proper permits yet did not realize that the ammo in their gun was illegal in an adjoining state, and they were arrested!
Know the law in New Mexico before you start the research, it's a great starting point.
Concealed Carry Ammunition for Self-Defense, In New Mexico
Choosing the right Amm0 in New Mexico for your self-defense needs is critical. Although there are some very good quality foreign made ammunition they are becoming hard to find and they in our opinion don’t quite measure up to the American manufactures overall quality. If your stick with the some of the top names like Federal, Cor-Bon, Hornady, Remington, Winchester, Speer, or CCI ammunition you will have excellent results. If you don’t recognize the name then use that ammo for practice. Most ammunition manufacturers are now producing product that are specifically designed for Self-Defense requirements.
Self-Defence Ammunition Can Be Regulared By Law In New Mexico
Ammunition in New Mexico desigend specifically for Self-Defense in a handgun has had some significant technological advances, most notably the newest generation of high performance ammunition deliver terminal ballistics until recent years were simply technically inconceivable.
The recent advancement in handgun ammo for Self-Defense capability in New Mexico was partially in response to a direct need to meet or exceed the new very stringent F.B.I. barrier penetration requirements. The latest ammo from the major U.S. manufacturers required over ten years of experimenting before offering the premium quality products that are now available. Most notable is that all of the latest and most advanced Ammunition for Self-Defense is of the “hollow-point” design. US Precision Defense maintains an excellent research database on Ammunition for Self-Defense.
New Mexico’s state constitution states: “No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.”
New Mexico has state preemption of firearms laws, so local governments may not restrict the possession or use of firearms. In 1986, Article 2, Section 6 of the state constitution was amended to say, "No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms."
New Mexico is a "shall issue" state for the concealed carry of handguns, and permits the open carry of loaded firearms. An applicant for a concealed carry permit must be a resident of New Mexico and at least 21 years of age. Each permit specifies the category and caliber of handgun that may be carried, but is also valid for a smaller caliber. The applicant must complete a state approved training course that includes at least 15 hours of classroom and firing range time, and must pass a shooting proficiency test for that category and caliber of handgun. A permit is valid for four years, but license holders must pass the shooting proficiency test every two years.
When it comes to gun control advocates in New Mexico they sometimes forget the state is largely rural state, where old Hispanic families have hunted, ranched and farmed the mountain valleys and mesas since Spanish settlers first arrived in the 1500s, efforts to restrict firearms have been viewed warily. New Mexico is a place where you can bring your gun almost anywhere. You can even carry your weapon openly in the Capitol, if you wish — one of only a few states that allow open or concealed carry in their statehouses.
New Mexico does not have a law based on the castle doctrine, per se. However, the state’s self-defense statute does not require victims to retreat when they or their property come under attack. The law, which has been on the books since 1907, is somewhat vague. Courts have held in past rulings that deadly force must be merited; in other words, a landowner cannot justifiably shoot someone merely for trespassing on his property.
New Mexico, with its Wild West history, is not known as a hotbed of anti-gun sentiment. So the fate of a new legislative proposal to close the infamous "gun show loophole," that exempts from background checks people who buy guns from "private sellers" as opposed to licensed gun dealers, may be an interesting bellwether for the fate of such legislation in Washington.
New Mexico does not require a concealed weapons permit if an individual has a similar carrying permit of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
If a concealed weapons permit is valid, an individual will still face a few restrictions on where he/she is allowed to carry a handgun; these places include: Any federal buildings, schools, or restaurants that serve alcohol. Concealed carry laws in New Mexico are complex and detailed in regards to locations that sell alcohol. For instance, it is legal to carry concealed weapons in grocery stores or convenient stores that sell alcohol, but considered illegal if carried into a liquor store.
New Mexico law allows a person to have a concealed loaded firearm in his or her vehicle (including motorcycles and bicycles). If you are not licensed to carry concealed in this State, you may not have the weapon concealed on your person when you exit your vehicle or motorcycle.
New Mexico is an Open Carry State, meaning it is legal to carry a loaded weapon as long as it is not concealed. However, it is not legal to carry any firearm in any federal building, school, state building, or licensed liquor establishment. It is the responsibility of the person carrying the firearm to be informed as to when and where carrying is prohibited.
Pursuant to Subsection C of NMSA 1978 Section 29-19-12, any person lawfully in possession of private property may prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns on such private property by posting notice in accordance with NMSA 1978 Section 30-14-6 or by verbally notifying persons entering upon the property. Learn more about New Mexico’s CCW laws on our website, US Precision Defense