On Friday, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety announced that it would no longer recognize concealed carry permits issued by Utah. TTAG suggested that The Land of Enchantment was disenchanted with The Beehvive State’s gun trainers because Utah’s mob were encroaching on New Mexico’s home grown instructors’ turf. I just got off the blower with New Mexico’s PR guy. DPS spinmeister Peter Olsen says it’s all about Utah’s sub-standard standards. “We became concerned that residents were circumventing our conceal carry laws,” Olsen maintained. “Utah’s trainers were giving permits to New Mexicans after four hours of classroom instruction. In our state, permit holders must take 15 hours of instruction, which includes proven proficiency.” We’re talking range safety, gun safety and basic marksmanship (“being able to hit what you’re aiming at”). Surprisingly, Olsen said his employer never had “real reciprocity” with Utah, anyway.
“We had an informal agreement with Utah, as we do with 15 other states.” Other than Utah, from which the plug was pulled. And Texas, with which New Mexico has a formal agreement. And yes, New Mexico’s Concealed Carry Unit (Special Investigations Division) is reviewing its reciprocity arrangements with the other states. Fo shizzle. Says so, right on their website.
New Mexico Department of Public Safety is reevaluating the status of eighteen other states currently recognized on an informal basis, with the intent of entering into written agreements with these states to ensure compliance. These states are: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming.
“Some of them have even lower standards than Utah,” Olsen said. Huh? “You just fill out a test and mail it in.” Does that mean . . . ? “We would [cancel the agreement] if their training is not as stringent.” Watch this space.
[Click here for New Mexico’s CCW rules and regs]