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Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

New Mexico gun laws are some of the least restrictive in the United States. The State operates on a “Shall Issue” policy. Permits are not issued to non-residents but your out-of-state permit can be transferred over to a New Mexico one. Open carry is legal without a permit but you will need a permit to conceal carry. Applicants for a permit must be 21 or older, completed a firearms training course, and meet other criteria.

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New Mexico Reciprocity Map

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New Mexico CCW license recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Idaho – New Mexico will only honor Idaho’s Enhanced Permits.

New Mexico CCW Permit

New Mexico is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 4 years.

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Complete a firearms training course.
  • A resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico.
  • You are not a fugitive from justice.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
  • You are not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
  • You have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution.
  • You are not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances.
  • You have satisfactorily completed a firearms training course.
  • You have not received a;
    1. conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the ten year period preceding application;
    2. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
    3. been convicted within the ten year period preceding application of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance; or
    4. been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Public schools, colleges and universities, except in a vehicle if older than 19
  • Preschools
  • Law enforcement agency facilities
  • Courts, any State, County, Municipal or Tribal Court
  • State wild life management areas
  • Tribal land
  • Public buses
  • Airport security zones
  • On private property where the owner has posted signs indicating that you may not carry or if the owner tells you that you cannot
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on New Mexico Gun Laws

New Mexico Contacts

Department of Public Safety
Concealed Handgun Unit


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 6301 Indian School Rd NE

CityAlbuquerque, NM 87110

Phone (505) 841-8053



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Being from Utah coming to NM to pick up family, does the open carry apply to out of staters too??? I like to conceal carry, but NM law doesn’t allow….


So , is open carry of a loaded firearm legal in mm? I am used to doing so on occasion in my home state

Christopher Herrera
Christopher Herrera

Yes, i open carry on multiple occasions and in front of law inforcement.

Valentino Messina
Valentino Messina

There are a lot of states listed on the map above that show reciprocity with New Mexico; however, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety says otherwise: There is NO reciprocity with: Utah, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, Alabama, Kentucky, Vermont, Wisconsin, Indiana, etc., etc. This information should be corrected. Thank you.

Anthony Segura
Anthony Segura

Don’t look at the NM DPS website for reciprocity states. The website information is outdated and is definitely incorrect. They are trying to have it corrected but they have no idea when it will be done.
Anthony Segura, NM DPS Concealed Carry Instructor #556


Going from Az to NM with a Az concealed carry permit would I be legal to carry in New Mexico.

Anthony Segura
Anthony Segura



Anthony ,I then went one step further and checked each state I planned to travel through plus uscca’s site map too!


I’m from WA State and traveling through NM from Texas (flying to TX and driving back to WA). I read that I cannot conceal carry in NM. For clarity: Can I open carry as a non-resident in NM? It appears I can carry a loaded gun in the car. Correct? Thank you.