Carrying in New Mexico for Non-Residents

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    Question Carrying in New Mexico for Non-Residents

    My wife and a female friend of hers, both residents of Texas, plan to spend a week in New Mexico next month. Because they will be driving a lot in NM, they would like to have a handgun in the car. I've read that NM allows people to carry guns in their cars, but I can't find any reference to laws concerning non-residents carrying in their vehicles.

    Does anyone know?

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    Yes your wife and friend will be OK, but no load guns in state parks. I lived in NM for 3 years

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    NM considers your car an extension of your home for this purpose. You can carry it loaded, unloaded, concealed or open in your car.
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    I studied the NM laws extensively when I got my concealed carry permit last year. They do not specify any difference between what's allowable for residents vs non-residents, except for who may get a concealed carry permit. Thus:

    o open carry is legal throughout the state.

    o having a firearm concealed within a vehicle (car, motorcycle, bicycle) is legal for everyone.

    o you don't have to inform an officer of your weapon.

    o you cannot bring a firearm into a post office, federal facility, courthouse, or onto any kind of school grounds. (If you have a concealed carry permit you may have a firearm in your car, motorcycle, etc. in school parking lots.)

    o permit holders can't concealed carry into any establishment that serves alcohol (there's a bill in progress to change this...). I don't remember, but I'd expect that this applies to open carry as well.

    o Only concealed carry permit holders can bring a firearm into a business that sells alcohol for off-premises consumption (liquor store, Walmart, grocery store, etc.).

    o In all cases you must have no felony convictions, be at least 19 years old, and be mentally sound to carry a firearm.

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    http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/newmexico.pdf

    Gary shows a source as the Department of Public Safety FAQ where they address car carry. Recommend you follow up and verify the source yourself as things change....
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    You might even want to keep a printed copy of NM's CCW laws pertaining to car carry with you (or your wife) so as now to have a problem with an uninformed LEO.
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    Do you have a Texas CHL? If so, you are definitely good to go. NM recognizes the Texas permit.
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    be aware we have a bunch of tribe lands and they have their own special laws.


    skip bellow if not going to santa fe or albuquerque:

    if they're going to albuquerque, avoid rio rancho, south valley, north valley, sandoval counties or be extra careful, I advise to go to old town during the day. be extra careful driving everywhere we dont know how to drive, dont honk that is a big offence here.


    santa fe is a tourist zone expect to pay more for anything, being from texas myself I dont find it fascinating.
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    Thanks, everyone, for the great responses. It sounds like they are good to go, with restrictions in some places. I appreciate your help, as do they.

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    Why are these areas to be avoided

    Quote Originally Posted by hybrid View Post

    skip bellow if not going to santa fe or albuquerque:

    if they're going to albuquerque, avoid rio rancho, south valley, north valley, sandoval counties or be extra careful,.
    Why? Are these the tribal areas where special rules apply or are these areas you just don't want to enter for your own safety?

    I need to know because we intend to drive through NM one of these days and do the tourist stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Why? Are these the tribal areas where special rules apply or are these areas you just don't want to enter for your own safety?

    I need to know because we intend to drive through NM one of these days and do the tourist stuff.
    yes those are for your own safety, you need to be extra cafefull if going.


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    I live in RioRanch which is in Sandoval county, and have never ran into any trouble out thier. Maybe I have just been lucky. Down by Kirtland and on Central (Rt. 66) by UNM the area gets alittle shady. Just my input. Bryan




    Quote Originally Posted by hybrid View Post
    be aware we have a bunch of tribe lands and they have their own special laws.


    skip bellow if not going to santa fe or albuquerque:

    if they're going to albuquerque, avoid rio rancho, south valley, north valley, sandoval counties or be extra careful, I advise to go to old town during the day. be extra careful driving everywhere we dont know how to drive, dont honk that is a big offence here.


    santa fe is a tourist zone expect to pay more for anything, being from texas myself I dont find it fascinating.

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