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In recent years, New Mexico has taken preliminary steps to improve its gun laws, but still has significant room for improvement when it comes to fighting gun violence. 

In 2019, the state enacted laws requiring a background check for all firearm sales and prohibiting many people subject to domestic violence convictions or court orders from firearm purchase or possession. In 2017, New Mexico had the tenth-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 17th-highest rate. To build on the progress of 2019, New Mexico legislators could fund proven community violence intervention programs.

What New Mexico Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws

What New Mexico Is Missing

  • Gun owner licensing
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.