Need Help with New Mexico

Need Help with New Mexico

This is a discussion on Need Help with New Mexico within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I live in Arkansas and will be traveling to Colorado and then to NM and then on to Texas and back home. I know Co,Ok ...

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    Need Help with New Mexico

    I live in Arkansas and will be traveling to Colorado and then to NM and then on to Texas and back home. I know Co,Ok and Tx honor my permit but NM doesn't. What do I do? Put my ccw in my luggage while driving and not carry while in NM. Don't want to make this trip unarmed as I will be out for 2 weeks. Thanks for the help. Robbie


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    Quote Originally Posted by southarkrob View Post
    I live in Arkansas and will be traveling to Colorado and then to NM and then on to Texas and back home. I know Co,Ok and Tx honor my permit but NM doesn't. What do I do? Put my ccw in my luggage while driving and not carry while in NM. Don't want to make this trip unarmed as I will be out for 2 weeks. Thanks for the help. Robbie
    My understanding is that NM extends your property to your vehicle as well. You can have a loaded gun on your person concealed or open in your car, and it is treated as if it were your home or business. No permit needed in your vehicle.

    The issue arises when you leave your vehicle. In order to CC you need a recognized permit, or you can OC on foot without a permit and be home free.

    NM is really not that bad, and you can carry with relative ease without a permit.

    New Mexico is one of our "Gold Star" open carry states. There is complete state preemption of all firearms laws, open carry is increasingly common and law enforcement is well educated as to its legality. In addition, New Mexico has an extended domain law which effectively makes your vehicle an extention of your home. So you may carry openly or concealed in your vehicle.
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    OC may be your only legal option without a permit on foot. In your car you can do whatever you want. Thats your choice to make tho.

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    It's legal to have firearm in vehicle. (even if concealed)

    Open carry is legal, but not in a place that sells alcohol.

    Legal to carry a concealed firearm if it isn't loaded, but carrying a loaded firearm is just a petty misdemenor.

    Don't make a problem and it won't be a problem.

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    thanks guys...I was worried about having to be unarmed for this trip. I have to go to ElPaso and spend the weekend. I might just try open carry and see how that is....

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    Quote Originally Posted by southarkrob View Post
    thanks guys...I was worried about having to be unarmed for this trip. I have to go to ElPaso and spend the weekend. I might just try open carry and see how that is....
    Don't OC in El Paso. OC is illegal in Texas... even with a permit.

    Only in NM can you OC without a permit. The cool thing is as I mentioned your car is your domain in NM, so there is no need to disarm while in your car even without a permit.

    If you stop in NM, all you need to do is simply OC and not CC (CC on foot you need a permit) and you are legally ok. When you get back in your car, conceal it, OC it, put it on the seat, load it, unload it... do whatever you feel like doing. Its your car, its your domain per NM law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisABQ View Post
    It's legal to have firearm in vehicle. (even if concealed)

    Open carry is legal, but not in a place that sells alcohol.

    Legal to carry a concealed firearm if it isn't loaded, but carrying a loaded firearm is just a petty misdemenor.

    Don't make a problem and it won't be a problem.
    The best advice anyone can give you when you're traveling

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    Does NM carry law also extend into tribal lands?

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    Although it has been mentioned the prohibition against carrying where alcohol is sold extends to 7/11 type gas stations. If you buy gas and have to go inside to pay, or want to buy something it is not legal to OC inside. That extends to Walmart also since they sell alcohol. If one is CC the law was modified to permit CC inside those type establishments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napolean View Post
    Does NM carry law also extend into tribal lands?
    No, but I do not know the tribal laws. I think all tribal lands in the US have their own laws. As long as you are on a highway you are OK, but if you get off the highway on tribal lands you are subject to tribal law I believe. Drive carefully through them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napolean View Post
    Does NM carry law also extend into tribal lands?
    Nope, You may or may not be able too. Each tribe is different.
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