New Mexico Firearm Bill of Sale
A New Mexico firearm bill of sale form is a legal document that may be used by both the vendor and the purchaser to establish that a lawful weapon transaction took place in the state. The vendor, the purchaser, and the weapon are all listed on this document. It also serves as evidence of proprietorship transfer for both parties' protection. This paperwork should be notarized if possible.

Selling a weapon in private

Anyone in New Mexico who can lawfully purchase and possess a handgun can also trade it. If they do not have a federal weapons merchant's license, they must hire someone who does to complete the federal background investigation mandated by NM Stat. 30-7-7.1 (2) on the potential purchaser.

Banned from purchasing

According to New Mexico statute 30-7-16(A), a person is barred from possessing or buying a handgun if they are:

  • a criminal; 

  • an individual subject to a protective order under Section 40-13-5 or 40-13A-5 NMSA 1978; 

  • or an individual sentenced for any of the crimes outlined below:

    • Physical violence against a family member under Section 30-3-15 NMSA 1978; 

    • Illicit destruction to a family member's belongings under Section 30-3-18 NMSA 1978; 

    • a first crime of trailing under Section 30-3A-3 NMSA 1978; or 

    • an offense listed in 18 U.S.C. 921.

Getting a Weapon Registered

There are no rules in New Mexico that require handgun owners to register their weapons and present the firearm bill of sale at the state level.

Secret (Concealed) Carry

In compliance with New Mexico Statutes. No one can carry a hidden firearm in New Mexico without first acquiring an authorized Concealed Weapon Permit from the New Mexico Division of Public Safety, as stated in NM Statute 30-7-2(5).

How to Request for a Concealed Carry

A candidate has to be at least twenty-one years old to be considered.

Step 1: Complete a Department of Public Safety-approved weapons coaching module in compliance with NM Stat. 29-19-7.

Step 2: Send the documents listed below to the department:

  • Request for a Concealed Weapon Permit;

  • Application cost is non-returnable, and two full sets of dactylograms are required.

  • An authentic hard copy of the applicant's accomplishment of the weapon safety module mentioned in Step 1;

  • Two-color passport photograph of the applicant; 

  • Evidence of citizenship in the United States; and 

  • Evidence of domicile in New Mexico.


NM Stat. 29-19-12-E states that concealed carry licenses from other states will only be approved if they meet up with or surpass the demands of New Mexico's Concealed Weapon Carry Act. The following state licenses are not acknowledged in the state of New Mexico: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.