New Mexico Concealed Handgun Carry Act Provisions

July 7, 2008 - 8:21 PM

(Editor's Note: The following are provisions of the New Mexico Concealed Handgun Carry Act.)

Under the provisions of the New Mexico Concealed Handgun Carry Act,

http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/03%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0023.html

the New Mexico Department of Public Safety will be required to issue a Concealed Handgun License to any applicant if he or she:

    is a citizen of the United States;
    is a resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico or is a dependent of such a member;
    is 25 years of age or older (the original proposal said 21);
    is not a fugitive from justice;
    has not 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;
    is not 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;
    is not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm;
    has not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;
    is not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances; and
    has satisfactorily completed a firearms training course approved by the department for the category or categories of handgun that the applicant wants to be licensed to carry as a concealed handgun.

Officials will be allowed to deny a permit to someone who meets these criteria for only four reasons, if the applicant has:

    received a conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or has been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere [no contest] to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence;
    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;
    been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance; or
    been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.

The fee for the license is limited to a maximum of $100.