Private firearms transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in New Mexico, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions still apply. See the New Mexico Background Checks section.

New Mexico prohibits any person from intentionally giving to another person in custody or confinement any deadly weapon without the express consent of the officer in charge.1

See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-22-12(A). ⤴︎