Gun Charges

While New Mexico is known for having relaxed gun laws when compared to other states, that doesn’t mean you can completely avoid gun charges. I’m Angela Arellanes and I’ve been a criminal defense attorney in Albuquerque for more than 25 years. My firm Angela Arellanes Law has defended numerous well-meaning citizens who ran afoul of gun laws, sometimes due to simple misunderstandings or miscommunication.

Regardless of the circumstances, skilled representation is a must when accused of a gun law violation. I also make sure my clients fully understand pertinent laws in the state, so you can rest assured your rights remain protected.

People Who Are Not Permitted to Carry a Firearm

Certain people are not permitted to carry a firearm under any circumstances. This includes convicted felons, those convicted of domestic violence, and any person carrying a firearm during or in relation to a drug crime.

Gun charges can include:

  • Negligent use of a firearm
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Carrying a firearm during or in relation to a drug crime
  • Using or carrying a firearm during the course of a violent crime
  • Firearm enhancement in commission of a felony
  • Illegal sale, manufacture, or transportation of weapons

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Conceal Carry Licensing

While you do not need a permit to purchase a gun, you will need to apply for a license if you plan on conceal carrying a handgun (you are permitted to open carry in the state without a license, however).

In order to obtain such a license, you must pass a background check, have a current driver’s license, have a clean record of mental health, complete a handgun safety course, and receive a passing grade when participating in a training session. Additionally, you’ll be expected to have your conceal carry license with you at all times when your handgun is on your person.

Places You’re Not Permitted to Carry a Weapon

Regardless of your licensing, there are a number of places in the state where you’re not permitted to carry your weapon. This includes:

  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • State and federal courthouses
  • Public transportation
  • Military bases
  • Bars or other places that sell liquor
  • Another person’s private property, unless provided consent

It’s also not permitted for a person to carry a weapon while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This includes prescription medications taken for a legitimate medical need.

Penalties for Gun Charges

If you lack a valid license for a concealed carry weapon, you’ll face a jail term of up to six months and a fine of up to $500. Conceal carrying in a prohibited location is even more serious, as it is considered a fourth-degree felony. In this case, you could be subject to up to 18 months in prison, as well as a maximum fine of $5,000. If you commit a crime while a weapon is in your possession, the penalties for the crime will also be increased.

Contact My Firm Immediately for Help with Gun Charges

Even seemingly minor charges can have a drastic impact on your life when they involve gun crimes. My firm has extensive experience in criminal justice and have helped uphold the rights of numerous gun owners in the past.

Let’s schedule a consultation today so I can review your case and recommend a legal strategy.  Call my firm today at 505.247.2417 or contact me for more information.