How to Sell a Gun in New Mexico

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in New Mexico, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in New Mexico

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of New Mexico.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of New Mexico and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in New Mexico

New Mexico is among states with some of the least restrictive firearms laws in the country but has enacted some restrictive legislation in recent years. New Mexico is a Shall-Issue state for the concealed carry of handguns, and permits the open carry of loaded firearms without a permit. New Mexico also has state preemption of firearms laws (NMSA 29-19-10), so local governments may not restrict the possession or use of firearms.

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New Mexico ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

New Mexico does not require any permit to purchase a long gun or handgun however background checks are required for all firearm sales per N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-7-7.1and thus require identification.

New Mexico Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

There are currently no mandated waiting periods in New Mexico, recently introduced legislation aims to create a 7 day waiting period. House Bill 129, cleared the New Mexico House on February 2nd and is headed to the state Senate.

Age Requirements in New Mexico

Age requirements

New Mexico generally prohibits any person under age 19 from knowingly possessing or transporting a handgun. There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in New Mexico. As of January 25, 2023, Senate Bill 116 is being considered to raise the legal age for possession or purchase of an automatic or semi-automatic gun to 21.

Background Checks in New Mexico

Background Checks in Private Sales

On July 1, 2019, N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-7-7.1 “Unlawful Sale of a Firearm Without a Background Check” became effective. Generally, this law requires a federal instant background check on all firearm sales, including those conducted between private parties. Selling a firearm without conducting a background check is now considered a misdemeanor in New Mexico.

Ineligible Persons in New Mexico

Ineligible Persons

A person cannot possess any firearm if they:

  • Are a felon
  • Are a person subject to an order of protection
  • A person convicted of battery against a household member, criminal damage to property of a household member, a first offense of stalking, or federal firearm offenses

New Mexico Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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From there you can individually submit the firearms in your collection. This process includes answering a few short questions about each firearm in your collection and uploading a couple photos. We will send you an official offer on your firearms within 24 business hours. You will then have two weeks to decide if our offers are right for you! If you accept our offers, will provide you with a series of pre-paid shipping labels, which you can use to ship us your gun collection. Once received, we will notify you that you're ready for payment. We will then send you a paper check or ACH direct deposit (your choice). The entire process can take about a week from start to finish. Imagine having your entire collection sold and cash in hand in a week!

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We Verify the Make & Models of All Firearms
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We Make You an Offer
We will present you with an offer for sale. If you accept the offer, we will provide you with a shipping label and we pay for shipping!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this legal?

    Yes. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer located in the state of Indiana. You, the seller, are covered under our license just as you would be if you walked into our store. There are no laws preventing you from selling your firearm to us.

  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

    Absolutely! Once firearm information has been submitted, you will have the ability to submit additional firearms for review and offers. These firearms will be viewable from your user panel, which you access from your initial offer email.

  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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