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