Firearms training is available only to United States Citizens and Permanent Residents lawfully able to own and use firearms. Underage students must be accompanied by a qualified adult.
Disqualifying conditions include:
- Being under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year, or a current member of the military who has been charged with violation(s) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and whose charge(s) have been referred to a general court-martial.
- Having ever been convicted in any court, including a military court, of a felony, or any other crime for which the judge could have imprisoned you for more than one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation.
- Being a fugitive from justice.
- Being an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance. (Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside)
- Having ever been adjudicated as a mental defective OR having ever been committed to a mental institution.
- Having ever been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
- Being subject to a court order, including a Military Protection Order issued by a military judge or magistrate, restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child of such partner.
- Having ever been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or having ever been a member of the military convicted of a crime that included, as an element, the use of force against a person as identified in the instructions.
- Having ever renounced your United States citizenship.
By signing up for one of our classes, you are certifying that, to the best of your knowledge, you do not fall under one of these disqualifying conditions. If you are unsure, please consult with an attorney or legal counsel to determine your eligibility before signing up for one of our classes.
Applications for Concealed Carry Licenses
Students applying for a concealed handgun license must be aware that the application process involves a thorough background check. New Mexico residents may only carry concealed handguns in New Mexico with a New Mexico License. New Mexico does not recognize out of state licenses for New Mexico Residents. New Mexico does not issue “non-resident” permits. Applicants must be:
- At least 21 years of age,
- US Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders),
- Residents of The State of New Mexico OR members (or dependents of members) of the U.S. Armed Forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico.
Disqualifying conditions include:
- Having been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
- Being currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction.
- Being otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
- Being a fugitive from justice.
- Being an alien who is residing in the United States illegally, or a former citizen of the United States who has formally renounced US citizenship.
- Having been adjudicated incompetent or committed to a mental institution (including involuntary committal to a drug or alcohol rehab facility by court order).
- Being convicted of, pleading guilty or nolo contendre to, or having received a conditional discharge, a diversion, or a deferment to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the last 10 years.
- Being convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery, or battery against a household member.
- Being an unlawful user of, or being addicted to, any controlled substance or alcohol.
- Having within the preceding 5 years been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
- Having been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance within the past 10 years.
If you think any of these disqualifying conditions may apply to you, or if you have specific questions about potential background incidents that may interfere with your ability to obtain a concealed handgun license, please consult with an attorney prior to registering for one of our classes. No refunds for classes will be issued for license denial based on applicant ineligibility due to these or other conditions outside of our control.
Although there is a certain level of risk involved in handling firearms, as with many activities, this risk can be successfully managed by following certain safety rules at all times.
1. Always know the condition of your firearm
- Treat ALL firearms as if they are loaded
2. Control the muzzle
- Do not allow the muzzle of a firearm under your control to “sweep” or point at anything you aren’t willing and justified to kill, hurt, destroy, or pay for.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are prepared to shoot.
- When not shooting, the trigger finger must be “indexed” away from the trigger.
4. Know where your bullets will go, and know where your bullets will stop
- Know what is between the muzzle and the target,
- Positively identify the target,
- Be aware of what is in the target vicinity,
- Know what is beyond the target,
- Be assured of a safe backstop.
THE SHOOTER is responsible for EVERY round they fire.
These rules are in place for the safety of students, instructors, and the surrounding community. Students will be expected to adhere to these rules at all times. Students who endanger themselves or others by failing to follow all safety rules and instructions will not be permitted to participate. Anyone who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to participate. Absolutely no live ammunition is permitted in the classroom. Hearing and eye protection is required for all shooting activities. PPE is available for student use at no extra charge.
For students bringing their own firearms, we request that they ensure guns are clean, correctly lubricated, and in safe operating condition. All federal, state, and local firearms laws must be adhered to. We advise against steel-cased/jacketed ammunition types as these can cause safety issues such as increased ricochet and fire hazards. Please do not bring tracer, incendiary, explosive or other “exotic” ammunition types. Students should contact us if they are unsure or need further information about ammunition prior to classes.
Qualifying and Pass/Fail requirements
In order to successfully complete New Mexico Concealed Carry training, students must attend all class hours and pass the state-required qualification (15 shots at 3 yards and 10 shots at 7 yards at a 12” X 18” target. Each shot is worth 4 points and a minimum passing score is 72). The qualification must be fired with a handgun of .32 caliber or larger.
There are some conditions that can result in the student’s training or range session being discontinued and which will result in failure of the class:
- Evidence of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
- Demonstrates poor or improper attitude regarding firearms and/or use of lethal force,
- Failure to follow the 4 Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules,
- Failure to keep shots on safety berms or safe backstop,
- Failure to follow instructions resulting in these or other unsafe conditions.
There will be no refunds for students who’s training is discontinued for deliberately, repeatedly, or egregiously violating any of these rules. Students who can not finish training due to other issues (such as personal medical issues) can work with the instructor to reschedule their training or choose to discontinue and receive a partial refund (deposit will be forfeited).
- 15 hour Initial NM Concealed Carry Class is $175 + tax ($100 deposit required to reserve seat)
- 4 hour NM Concealed Carry Renewal Class is $75 + tax ($50 deposit required to reserve seat)
- 2-year refresher or endorsement is $50 + tax
- Use of instructor’s firearms/ammunition for qualification or endorsement $25 per qualification. There is no extra charge for students using their own firearms and ammunition for additional qualifications or endorsements. One qualification with instructor’s firearms/ammo is included in Initial and Renewal Class cost. Instructor-provided firearms may only be used with instructor-provided ammunition.
- All other 1-day classes are $150 (+tax where applicable) ($100 deposit required to reserve seat)
- All other 2-day classes are $300 (+tax where applicable) ($150 deposit required to reserve seat)
Any unpaid balance is due upon arrival to class. Class fee is payable cash, check, charge, or money order. No-call/No-show students forfeit class deposit. In the event a class needs to be canceled due to extreme weather, not meeting class student minimum (3), or other circumstances beyond our control, we will refund the full amount already paid or allow the student to apply that payment to a future class. If a student is denied their concealed handgun license due solely to a training issue, we will either correct that deficiency or offer a full refund.
Licensing fees for New Mexico Concealed Carry are outside of our control, the current fee structure is:
- Initial Application Fee (NMDPS)- $56
- Fingerprint/Background Check Fee (Gemalto ORI: NM920200Z) – $44
- 4-year on-time license renewal fee (NMDPS) – $75
- Renewal fee for lapsed license (NMDPS only, fingerprints already on file) – $100
Active Duty Military, Honorably Discharged Veterans, and Current/Retired Law Enforcement:
- Initial Application Fee (NMDPS) – $0
- Fingerprint/Background Check Fee (Gemalto ORI: NM920272Z) – $8.30
- Replacement License (NMDPS) – $10