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Going to NM.

Discussion in 'Legal' started by preachnhunt, Oct 8, 2013.

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  1. preachnhunt

    preachnhunt Member

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    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!
     
  2. RetiredUSNChief

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    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.
     
  3. preachnhunt

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
  5. mljdeckard

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    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. :)
     
  6. Somewhere in NM

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    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!
     
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    Thanks everybody. I'm feeling better. Now about that elk...
     
  8. RetiredUSNChief

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

    :evil:
     
  9. pdsmith505

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    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?
     
  10. preachnhunt

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    We are hunting around Ute mountain and in the Carson NF. I got a landowner tag and a local guy is guiding me.
     
  11. BullSlinger

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    No Worries

    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
     
  12. Tejicano Loco

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    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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