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preachnhunt
October 8, 2013, 07:56 PM
My wife and I are going to New Mexico to hunt elk. While I hunt she stays in a motel room and sews quilts.
N.M. does not recognize Ky. CCW:cuss: I have looked at HandgunlawUs. and am still a bit unsure regarding the legality of having a pistol in our motel room especially if the motel has a gun buster sign. Please help. Thanks ahead of time!

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RetiredUSNChief
October 8, 2013, 08:57 PM
My wife and I are going to New Mexico to hunt elk. While I hunt she stays in a motel room and sews quilts.
N.M. does not recognize Ky. CCW:cuss: I have looked at HandgunlawUs. and am still a bit unsure regarding the legality of having a pistol in our motel room especially if the motel has a gun buster sign. Please help. Thanks ahead of time!

According to page 5 of this link (which cites the relevant NM statute), "No Guns" signs carry the force of law in NM:

http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/newmexico.pdf

My advice would be to find a hotel/motel that has no such posting.

preachnhunt
October 8, 2013, 09:24 PM
Thanks RetiredUSNChief.
I just called the hotel and they do not have a sign so it is my assumption that my wife can legally have a hand gun in the room even though our permits are not accepted. If anyone has any additional thoughts please advise. Thanks!

RetiredUSNChief
October 8, 2013, 09:28 PM
Your assumption is correct.

She just can't carry it concealed. And whatever the transportation laws are for NM apply when traveling with a gun in the car, don't forget.

mljdeckard
October 8, 2013, 09:38 PM
I got an AZ permit to be able to carry in NV, and while I was waiting......NV dropped AZ. (NV has effectively dropped all tourist carry.) But it added KS and NM as well. Then KS accepted UT. So.....I have to find a reason to visit NM in the next 5 years. :)

Somewhere in NM
October 8, 2013, 10:21 PM
Look at handgunlaw.us for the specific rules.

In general:

- Your vehicle is treated like your house. You can have a gun open, concealed, whatever.

- Open carry is allowed and not unusual. Make sure you know which areas are restricted (not too many).

- No guns allowed signs carry force of law, but I see very few.

Welcome to NM!

preachnhunt
October 8, 2013, 10:27 PM
Thanks everybody. I'm feeling better. Now about that elk...

RetiredUSNChief
October 8, 2013, 10:33 PM
Thanks everybody. I'm feeling better. Now about that elk...

I don't believe Elk are allowed to carry firearms in NM, so you should be OK.

:evil:

pdsmith505
October 8, 2013, 10:39 PM
As a long-time resident of NM, I will second what "Somewhere" posted above.

I will extended what he said to point out that
1) No permit is needed to concealed-carry an unloaded weapon
2) "your vehicle" is not limited to a car. Bicycles, motorcycles, horses, etc. are covered as well.

Good luck hunting. I've taken a couple cow elk in unit 2b, and have seen many, many large bulls taken in the same place. Where will you be hunting?

preachnhunt
October 8, 2013, 11:47 PM
We are hunting around Ute mountain and in the Carson NF. I got a landowner tag and a local guy is guiding me.

BullSlinger
October 10, 2013, 10:09 PM
In New Mexico you may have your gun in your hotel/motel room with out any problems. Also you may have a loaded gun in your glove box while driving your car/truck. Open carry is ok here.
Welcome to the Land of Enchantment.

BullSlinger, Peralta, NM

Tejicano Loco
October 11, 2013, 06:24 AM
Another possibility to consider :

You could get a VA non-resident CPL which is honored in NM. It is $100, good for 5 years, and rather simple.

I was able to get one entirely through the mail and even used my US military Honorable Discharge (DD214) as proof of handgun training.

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