Transporting Firearms in New Mexico

The laws governing the legal use, storage and carrying of firearms are constantly changing. Below are the applicable laws in the State of  as of 4/16/2013. The below information is designed to be a guide and not the final word. If you have specific questions, please refer to the State of New Mexico legislation at Another great resource is the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

An individual older than nineteen years of age can possess a firearm.

NMSA 1978, Section 30-7-2 It is unlawful to carry a concealed loaded firearm, with certain exceptions:
• In a person’s residence or on his or her property,
• in a private vehicle,
• by a peace officer in accordance with the policies of his or her agency.
• by a person who has a license under Concealed Handgun Carry Act,

NMSA 1978, Section 30-7-2.1 A person can lawfully carry a deadly weapon, on school premises, in a private automobile for lawful protection of the person or another person or property, if the person is older than nineteen years of age.

NOTE: (The below Paragraph is directly from the New Mexico Department of Public Saftey website, Concealed Carry Information FAQ section.)

New Mexico law allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited to have a concealed loaded firearm in his/her vehicle (including motorcycles and bicycles). See 30-7-2 NMSA 1978. If you are not licensed to carry concealed in this State or in a state that NM recognizes, you may not have the weapon concealed on your person when you exit your vehicle or mo

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