New Mexico has significantly strengthened its gun laws in recent years, improving its grade from an F to a C in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2019, the state enacted laws requiring a background check for all firearm sales and prohibiting many categories of domestic abusers from firearm purchase or possession. In 2017, New Mexico had the tenth-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 17th-highest rate. To build on the progress of 2019, New Mexico legislators could fund proven community violence intervention programs and enact an extreme risk protection order law.

  • Universal background checks

  • Firearm prohibition for some domestic abusers

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Child access prevention law

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Waiting period