It’s no secret that there are a lot of concealed carry permit (CCW) holders in New Mexico. As of the last count there are 22,000 licensees in the state according to: Legally Armed.
Thanks to Governor Bill Richardson the law was passed and even our state’s current governor, Susanna Martinez packs heat and has her CCW license.
See the New Mexico Concealed Carry Act HERE.
After all this is the Wild, Wild West and known acclaimed outlaws like “Billy the Kid” have been known to frequent these parts.
Let’s face it Guns and the Frontier way are a part of our DNA here in the West!
Let’s review the laws here in New Mexico:
- State permit to purchase? NO
- Firearm Registration? NO
- Assault Weapon Law? NO
- Owner License Required? NO
- Carry Permits? YES for handguns
- Castle Doctrine Law? NO
- Opt Out Statues? YES
Of the above listed items all which are a real positive for 2nd Amendment and Gun Right Advocates in New Mexico #6 is an important and necessary topic to look at closer and investigate.
First it’s important to note that New Mexico has an “extended domain” law which means that a person’s vehicle to include a motorcycle or bicycle is an extension of their home or “Castle” and as such a loaded firearm can be carried legally open or concealed without a permit. Additionally, no permit is required to carry a firearm unless it’s loaded and concealed.
The natural next step for the state of New Mexico is to pass a “Castle Doctrine” law or Defense of Habitation Law for it’s citizens. Castle Doctrine laws remove the Duty to retreat” as an intruder is viewed as having entered that individual’s home or “Castle”, thus the name of the law.
17 states have gone a step further and passed a statute called the “Stand-your-Ground” Law. This law specifies that there is no duty to retreat regardless of where the attack takes place…..you can “stand your ground”.
A Castle Doctrine Law or statute is the next step for New Mexico. This will help to prevent criminal and civil charges for any citizen who uses deadly force to protect there life or a loved ones life when they fear imminent threat of death or bodily harm.
It’s time for New Mexico to pass this legislation as it is currently 1 of 6 states in the Union with no such provision (Idaho, Vermont, New York, South Dakota, & Nebraska).
As supporters of the 2nd Amendment and to support the citizens of the great state of New Mexico let’s all work to make this law a reality.