New Mexico knife carry laws


June 17, 2003, 07:50 PM
We're going to New Mexico in a couple of weeks, so what are the knife carry laws there? Can I openly carry a fixed blade SOG Seal Pup (4.75 in. blade)? Can I concealed carry my Kershaw Ken Onion Blackout (3.25 in. blade)?

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June 18, 2003, 07:56 AM
Here you go sir.

New Mexico - Criminal Offenses - 30-1-12. Definitions...
B. "deadly weapon" means any... weapon which is capable of
producing death or great bodily harm, including but not
restricted to any types of daggers, brass knuckles,
switchblade knives, bowie knives, poniards, butcher
knives, dirk knives and all such weapons with which
dangerous cuts can be given, or with which dangerous
thrusts can be inflicted, including swordcanes, and any
kind of sharp pointed canes...
- 30-7-2. Unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon... consists of
carrying a concealed... deadly weapon anywhere, except in
the following cases [own residence or property; private
automobile or other means of conveyance; official]... a
petty misdemeanor.
- 30-7-8. Unlawful possession of switchblades consists of any
person, either manufacturing, causing to be manufactured,
possessing, displaying, offering, selling, lending, giving
away or purchasing any knife which has a blade which opens
automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring
or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife
having a blade which opens or falls or is ejected into
position by the force of gravity or by any outward or
centrifugal thrust or movement. Whoever commits unlawful
possession of switchblades is guilty of a misdemeanor.

New Mexico Case Law:
- "Jury to determine character of weapon..." (1973)
- "...a butterfly knife was a switchblade..." (1991)


Sir Galahad
June 18, 2003, 12:02 PM
Boy, look at those laws! Communists to my right (Cali) and now communists to the left (NM).

June 18, 2003, 07:39 PM
Oh, I don't know about that, Galahad. At any rate, you'll notice it only specifically outlaws concealed carry of any of the above. Open carry is fine, and frequently seen, at least of blades, in my regular environs. Open carry of firearms is less frequent, but not infrequent . And you can carry concealed without a permit on your property, or in your vehicle !

June 19, 2003, 06:34 PM
So, out of curiosity, does that mean if you put a knife in your pocket but the clip shows outside your pants, are you legal in New Mexico? Or do you have to see the bulk of the knife itself?

June 19, 2003, 08:31 PM
"Pocket knives", for lack of a better term, are not specifically mentioned. I suppose that would fall under the above "Jury to determine character of weapon. " I have never seen ,or heard of, anyone being arrested/cited for simply carrying a pocket knife. If it were used in a stabbing/cutting :confused: a sharp attorney might try to make an issue of it.
As to carrying, I regularly carry an emerson cqc7, and have never had a problem. Even when entering "secure" areas, (courtrooms, Federal building, etc.) have never been hassled beyond, " Sorry, sir, you'll have to take that back to your car."

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