Legal Information: New Mexico

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
May 5, 2016

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

New Mexico state law says that a person cannot get a concealed handgun license if s/he has been convicted of any of the following crimes:

  • s/he received a conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or has been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within ten years immediately preceding the application;
  • s/he has been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
  • s/he has been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance within ten years immediately preceding the application;
  • s/he has been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member;
  • s/he has been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction; 
  • s/he is currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction; or
  • s/he is a fugitive from justice.*

In addition, under federal law (which applies to all states), if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.**   To learn more, go to our Federal Gun Laws page.

* N.M.S.A. § 29-19-4(A),(B)
** 18 USC § 922(g)(9)