New Mexico protects the right to bear arms under Article II, Section 6 of the state constitution, but this does not mean that everyone may carry a gun, or that you may always carry a gun wherever you like. New Mexico requires a license to carry a concealed weapon on (or near) you body. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 29-19-4.)
For more information on permitting laws, see New Mexico Gun Laws.
The following sections explain who may not have a gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a gun is illegal.
The following individuals are prohibited from carrying a weapon in New Mexico.
(N.M. Stat. Ann. § 29-19-4.)
It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. But even with a permit, it is illegal to carry weapons:
It is a petty misdemeanor to carry a deadly weapon without a permit in New Mexico. Penalties include any or all of the following:
(N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-7-2.)
The penalties for violating gun carry laws are serious, and often include harsh fines and long jail sentences. If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in New Mexico, or if you are facing charges for a gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.