This is what transpired on a segment of ‘Navajo Cops’ on Nat. Geo. Channel this PM.
Tribal Police pulled over a speeder near Shiprock, NM – an area governed by the Navajo Nation in northwest New Mexico. The man had a handgun visible on the front seat of the car. He was searched, back up was called and the car was searched both visually and by a K-9. Nothing else was discovered.
The handgun was an old Russian 9mm with a loaded magazine as well as one in the chamber. An officer dropped the magazine and cleared the chamber.
The narrator stated that the man was required to inform the Tribal Officer of the presence of a firearm upon initial contact and that the firearm could not be transported loaded. The narrator did not say if the person did or did not have a Concealed Carry license.
The man was traveling from his home in Utah to his mining job near Farmington, NM. He said he had the handgun for protection while traveling. He was cooperative, questioned and not cuffed.
Police asked him were he got the weapon to which he replied in a FTF transaction about 12 years prior. They asked him for a receipt of proof of ownership, which he did not have. They confiscated the weapon and the narrator said the gun would be returned upon proof of ownership.
When informed that the weapon would not be returned, the man said; "I guess I really don't have any other choice."
Only three Tribal Police were shown in the segement. He was ticketed, released and continued on his way minus the handgun.
The narrator stated that tribal police did not have the authority to arrest a non-tribal citizen. If necessary, he would have been turned over to local State authorities.
Handgunlaw.us references NM Statute 29-10-10 which states:
A concealed handgun license shall not be valid on tribal land, unless authorized by the governing body of an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo.