New Mexico Knife Laws

Summary

New Mexico is a sucky state for knife owners.  Switchblades, gravity knives, and balisong knives are illegal to own, and there are many restrictions on carrying knives to boot.  Namely, you cannot conceal-carry a dangerous weapon, and the definition of a dangerous weapon is quite broad in New Mexico.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in New Mexico?

Many knives are legal in New Mexico, but it still has archaic laws regarding the ownership of switchblades, gravity knives, and butterfly (balisong) knives.  However, you can carry any knife openly, so long as it’s legal to own.

  • It’s legal to own anything other than switchblades, gravity knives, and balisong knives
  • You can open carry any legal knife

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in New Mexico?

New Mexico has some archaic laws regarding switchblades and automatic knives, and the lumps gravity knives and balisong knives into that definition.

  • Switchblades, gravity knives, and balisong knives are illegal to own
  • You cannot conceal-carry a deadly weapon
  • You cannot carry knives to school or on a public bus

Deadly Weapons:

  • Any illegal knife
  • Bowie knives
  • Dirks
  • Daggers
  • Stilettos
  • Butcher knife
  • Any weapon that can kill or cause dangerous wounds

On the bright side, you don’t have to check local laws because of a preemption code.

Relevant Statutes

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