Requirements to qualify for a license
To qualify for a New Mexico concealed handgun carry permit you must be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of New Mexico. You have to be at least 21 years old and not a fugitive from justice. Here is a list of other qualifications:
- Not convicted of a felony.
- Not under indictment for a felony.
- Must be legally able to possess a firearm according to state and federal law.
- Not committed to a mental institution or adjudicated mentally incompetent.
- Not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances.
- Cannot have a conviction for a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the last 10 years (This includes a conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment of charges, or pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a crime of violence).
- Cannot have a DWI in the last 5 years.
- Cannot have a conviction for possession or abuse of a controlled substance within the last ten years.
Finally you must complete a firearms training course for the category and largest caliber of handgun you want to carry.
New Mexico Concealed Carry Classes
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What will you learn in class?
New Mexico requires a 15 hour handgun training class. Your instructors will teach you the basics of handling a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun. They will go over safety rules for the range and the home. Most will discuss how to secure a handgun safely in a home with children.
You will also learn how to react in stressful self defense situations. Many instructors will train you by acting out some possible scenarios.
Your instructor will teach you about the laws relating to the purchase and transportation of a firearm. You will also learn about the laws relating to "use of force". Pay special attention to these laws so you understand when deadly force is allowed. These laws vary from state to state and you need to be well versed in the laws of the state you are carrying in.
How long does it take to get a license?
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has 30 days after receiving a completed application and after performing a background investigation to issue or deny your permit. This could take more than 30 days because the clock does not start running until they have a completed background check. The NMDPS website states that 8 to 12 weeks is the average time is takes to get your license.
Once you obtain your CHL it is valid for 4 years with a requalification requirement at the 2 year point. You will need to take a refresher course after 2 years.
How much does the license cost?
The current fee is $100. This includes a $44 fingerprint fee and a $56 application fee. You will also pay for a 15 hour training class which will range from $125 to $200.
Reciprocity with other states
New Mexico makes agreements with other states to recognize your New Mexico CHL. Check the NMDPS website for a list of states that have agreements with New Mexico.
Always make sure when you are traveling to call the attorney general's office in the states you will be visiting. You need to determine if those states currently have an agreement with New Mexico to honor your CHL. You should also understand and follow all gun laws and "use of force" laws in the states you are visiting.
Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?
- Schools (An exception exists for having a weapon in your vehicle if you are older than 19)
- Universities (An exception exists for having a weapon in your vehicle if you are older than 19)
- Tribal Land (Unless authorized by a tribal authority)
- Public buses
- Airport security zones
- Federal buildings including property owned or leased by the federal government (You are allowed to carry in National Parks and National Wildlife Management Areas if you have a license to carry that is valid in New Mexico)
- Private Property where the owner has posted signs prohibiting carry
- Cannot carry while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances