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New Mexico knife carry laws

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Combat-wombat, Jun 17, 2003.

  1. Combat-wombat

    Combat-wombat Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    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)?
  2. brownie0486

    brownie0486 Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Superstition Mountain, Az
    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)

  3. Sir Galahad

    Sir Galahad member

    Jan 20, 2003
    Camelot (er, Flagstaff, AZ)
    Boy, look at those laws! Communists to my right (Cali) and now communists to the left (NM).
  4. para.2

    para.2 Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    New Mexico

    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 !
  5. Penforhire

    Penforhire Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    So. Cal a.k.a. PRK
    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?
  6. para.2

    para.2 Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    New Mexico
    "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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