New Mexico Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for New Mexico Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact New Mexico gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to New Mexico can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

New Mexico State Constitution

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.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All political power is vested in and derived from the people: all government of right originates with the people, is founded upon their will and is instituted solely for their good.

The people of the state have the sole and exclusive right to govern themselves as a free, sovereign and independent state.

New Mexico Gun Laws

New Mexico Hunting Rules & Regulations

New Mexico Shooting Ranges

New Mexico Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

New Mexico NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

New Mexico Gun Shows and FFLs

New Mexico's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

New Mexico Elected Public Officials

New Mexico Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

New Mexico State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings