Stun Gun Laws in New Mexico

Learn about stun gun laws and possession requirements in New Mexico.

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a non-lethal weapon that is capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by inflicting an electrical charge.

This article describes New Mexico laws regarding who may not have a stun gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a stun gun is illegal in the state.

To learn more about how stun guns work, and how permitting laws vary by state, see States Requiring a Stun Gun Permit.

People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in New Mexico

In New Mexico, most people may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a nonlethal stun gun for self-defense without obtaining a permit.

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal

It is illegal to carry a concealed stun gun if it is intended to be used as a deadly weapon. Deadly weapons include any weapon that can inflict dangerous wounds. Police officers engaged in the performance of their duties are exempt from this rule.

(N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 30-1-12, 30-7-2.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a petty misdemeanor to possess a concealed stun gun if it is intended to be used as a deadly weapon. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both.

(N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 30-1-12, 30-7-2, 31-19-1.)

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to purchase, carry, or use a gun in New Mexico, or if you are facing charges for a stun gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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