Fast facts: New Mexico Passes Two New Gun Laws

  • HB 129 imposes a seven-day waiting period on firearm purchases in New Mexico, affecting both commercial and private transfers. There are exceptions for immediate family transfers and concealed handgun license holders. 
  • Violating the seven-day waiting period makes both the buyer and seller guilty of a crime under New Mexico law. 
  • SB 5 bans firearms within 100 feet of a door through which voters may enter a polling place, which can be difficult to determine due to multiple entrances and various locations serving as polling places. 
  • Concealed handgun license holders are exempt from both the seven-day waiting period (HB 129) and the polling place firearm ban (SB 5). 
  • U.S. LawShield® members can contact an Independent Program Attorney for guidance on these new laws.

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