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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn New Mexico, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 40.0%1
2002: 39.6%2
2001: 34.8%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In New Mexico, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 42.92%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn New Mexico, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 53.0%5 6
1991/2000: 60.9%
1981/1990: 66.1%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn New Mexico, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3407
2013: 326
2012: 323
2011: 306
2010: 301
2009: 299
2008: 294
2007: 295
2006: 283
2005: 267
2004: 289
2003: 326
2002: 304
2001: 274
2000: 291
1999: 290

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 16.307
2013: 15.62
2012: 15.49
2011: 14.72
2010: 14.62
2009: 14.68
2008: 14.62
2007: 14.82
2006: 14.42
2005: 13.82
2004: 15.18
2003: 17.36
2002: 16.39
2001: 14.96
2000: 16.00
1999: 16.04

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn New Mexico, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 1357
2012: 133
2011: 148
2010: 152
2009: 175
2008: 151
2007: 160
2006: 135
2005: 152
2004: 173
2003: 164
2002: 161
2001: 130
2000: 160
1999: 167

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.477
2012: 6.38
2011: 7.12
2010: 7.38
2009: 8.59
2008: 7.51
2007: 8.04
2006: 6.88
2005: 7.87
2004: 9.09
2003: 8.73
2002: 8.68
2001: 7.10
2000: 8.80
1999: 9.24

Gun Homicides

ChartIn New Mexico, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 827
2012: 80
2011: 73
2010: 76
2009: 92
2008: 86
2007: 78
2006: 73
2005: 77
2004: 81
2003: 87
2002: 81
2001: 67
2000: 99
1999: 91

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.937
2012: 3.84
2011: 3.51
2010: 3.69
2009: 4.52
2008: 4.28
2007: 3.92
2006: 3.72
2005: 3.98
2004: 4.25
2003: 4.63
2002: 4.37
2001: 3.66
2000: 5.44
1999: 5.03

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 469 10
2012: 42
2011: 45
2010: 36
2009: 54
2008: 70
2007: 66
2006: 48
2005: 48
2004: 66
2003: 43
2002: 50
2001: 35
2000: 58
1999: 56
1998: 53
1997: 38
1996: 54
1995: 63

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.2012
2012: 2.01
2011: 2.17
2010: 1.74
2009: 2.65
2008: 3.48
2007: 3.32
2006: 2.45
2005: 2.48
2004: 3.47
2003: 2.29
2002: 2.69
2001: 1.91
2000: 3.18
1999: 3.10
1998: 2.96
1997: 2.14
1996: 3.08
1995: 3.66

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2913 10
2012: 34
2011: 27
2010: 29
2009: 39
2008: 29
2007: 21
2006: 21
2005: 11
2004: 23
2003: 26
2002: 29
2001: 25
2000: 33
1999: 24

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.3913 10
2012: 1.63
2011: 1.30
2010: 1.41
2009: 1.91
2008: 1.44
2007: 1.06
2006: 1.07
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 1.21
2003: 1.38
2002: 1.56
2001: 1.36
2000: 1.81
1999: 1.33

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 79 10
2012: 10
2011: 4
2010: 8
2009: 5
2008: 11
2007: 11
2006: 6
2005: 10
2004: 5
2003: 4
2002: 7
2001: 6
2000: 5
1999: 13
1998: 26
1997: 12
1996: 20
1995: 2

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3412
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.39
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.55
2007: 0.55
2006: 0.31
2005: 0.52
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.38
2001: 0.33
2000: 0.27
1999: 0.72
1998: 1.45
1997: 0.68
1996: 1.14
1995: 0.12

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 10
2010: 12
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 14
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 11
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 12
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 11
2000: 11
1999: 10

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 69 10
2012: 15
2011: 11
2010: 23
2009: 19
2008: 7
2007: 4
2006: 3
2005: 8
2004: 4
2003: 4
2002: 9
2001: 3
2000: 4
1999: 8
1998: 5
1997: 5
1996: 2
1995: 6

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2912
2012: 0.72
2011: 0.53
2010: 1.11
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.35
2007: 0.20
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.41
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.49
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.22
1999: 0.44
1998: 0.28
1997: 0.28
1996: 0.11
1995: 0.35

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 4413 10
2012: 39
2011: 36
2010: 35
2009: 44
2008: 43
2007: 48
2006: 41
2005: 57
2004: 50
2003: 49
2002: 47
2001: 31
2000: 55
1999: 57

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New Mexico, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.1113 10
2012: 1.87
2011: 1.73
2010: 1.70
2009: 2.16
2008: 2.14
2007: 2.41
2006: 2.09
2005: 2.95
2004: 2.63
2003: 2.61
2002: 2.53
2001: 1.69
2000: 3.02
1999: 3.15

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn New Mexico, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 4317
2012: 442
2011: 420
2010: 413
2009: 376
2008: 419
2007: 401
2006: 352
2005: 342
2004: 356
2003: 343
2002: 349
2001: 362
2000: 327
1999: 318

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 20.677
2012: 21.21
2011: 20.21
2010: 20.06
2009: 18.46
2008: 20.84
2007: 20.15
2006: 17.94
2005: 17.70
2004: 18.70
2003: 18.27
2002: 18.81
2001: 19.76
2000: 17.98
1999: 17.59

Gun Suicides

ChartIn New Mexico, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2227
2012: 230
2011: 221
2010: 204
2009: 192
2008: 195
2007: 189
2006: 193
2005: 178
2004: 196
2003: 211
2002: 211
2001: 188
2000: 175
1999: 180

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 10.657
2012: 11.04
2011: 10.64
2010: 9.91
2009: 9.43
2008: 9.70
2007: 9.50
2006: 9.84
2005: 9.21
2004: 10.30
2003: 11.24
2002: 11.37
2001: 10.26
2000: 9.62
1999: 9.96

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn New Mexico, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 15213
2012: 148
2011: 172
2010: 140
2009: 134
2008: 137
2007: 130
2006: 116
2005: 109
2004: 142
2003: 139
2002: 132
2001: 109
2000: 116
1999: 126

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.2913
2012: 7.10
2011: 8.26
2010: 6.80
2009: 6.58
2008: 6.81
2007: 6.53
2006: 5.91
2005: 5.64
2004: 7.46
2003: 7.40
2002: 7.11
2001: 5.95
2000: 6.38
1999: 6.97

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn New Mexico, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 4913
2012: 49
2011: 37
2010: 52
2009: 41
2008: 38
2007: 34
2006: 47
2005: 48
2004: 43
2003: 47
2002: 52
2001: 48
2000: 45
1999: 29

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.3513
2012: 2.35
2011: 1.78
2010: 2.53
2009: 2.01
2008: 1.89
2007: 1.71
2006: 2.40
2005: 2.48
2004: 2.26
2003: 2.50
2002: 2.80
2001: 2.62
2000: 2.47
1999: 1.60

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn New Mexico, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 2113
2012: 33
2011: 12
2010: 12
2009: 17
2008: 20
2007: 25
2006: 30
2005: 21
2004: 11
2003: 25
2001: 31
2000: 14
1999: 25

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.0113
2012: 1.58
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.99
2007: 1.26
2006: 1.53
2005: 1.09
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 1.33
2002: 1.46
2001: 1.69
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 1.38

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn New Mexico, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 10
2006: 4
2005: 5
2004: 8
2003: 18
2002: 7
2001: 9
2000: 10
1999: 11

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.50
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.42
2003: 0.96
2002: 0.38
2001: 0.49
2000: 0.55
1999: 0.61

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn New Mexico, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn New Mexico, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn New Mexico, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 13
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Mexico, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 10
2006: 4
2005: 1
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 1
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 1
2000: 1
1999: 2

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.50
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.11

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Mexico, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Mexico, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Mexico, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Mexico, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn New Mexico, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 1018
2010: 14
2009: 9
2008: 519
2007: 6
2006: 13
2005: 7
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 9
2001: 820
2000: 5
1999: 4
1998: 13
1997: 3
1996: 3
1995: 4

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from New Mexico at a rate of 21.721 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, New Mexico ranked at No. 1721 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in New Mexico is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in New Mexico includes the New Mexico Statutes and the Constitution of New Mexico 191223

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in New Mexico are regulated by the State of New Mexico24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In New Mexico, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In New Mexico, civilians are allowed to possess machine guns,30 assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In New Mexico, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration34 30 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In New Mexico, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In New Mexico, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In New Mexico, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in New Mexico is 19 years for handguns (no minimum age for rifles or shotguns)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in New Mexico does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In New Mexico, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In New Mexico, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In New Mexico, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In New Mexico, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In New Mexico, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in New Mexico is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in New Mexico is not obliged (under State Law)44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In New Mexico, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in New Mexico is reported to be

2015: 1,15446
2014: 1,16147
2013: 1,15048
2012: 1,07649
2011: 1,02650

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In New Mexico, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In New Mexico, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in New Mexico do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in New Mexico do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in New Mexico include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In New Mexico, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In New Mexico, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In New Mexico, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In New Mexico, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In New Mexico, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In New Mexico, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (under certain conditions)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In New Mexico, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In New Mexico, private guns are prohibited in bars (not including restaurants), game refuges, detention facilities, correctional facilities, state parks, courts (with limited exceptions),63 public buses, vehicles (loaded firearms)55 and schools64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked New Mexico as ‘F’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in New Mexico on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 466
2010: 467
2009: 468
2008: 669
2007: 670

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked New Mexico at No. 2571 among 50 US States


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