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5/2 Update: New Mexico Adds Arkansas Reciprocity Back

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Update:  As of 5/2 New Mexico has reviewed Arkansas again and has reinstated reciprocity with Arkansas.   Confirmed at

New Mexico drops reciprocity with all but 5 states (including Arkansas) after an "audit" of agreements determined most did not live up to their "high standards."

This from their website on 5/1:   "Arkansas: - Concealed carry requirements are not substantially similar to New Mexico or at least as stringent, so Arkansas is not recognized by NM. Contact Arkansas officials to determine if your NM CC license is recognized there."

It may have something to do with their more stringent live-fire training requirements which are far more rigorous than Arkansas.  The training is also more lengthy at a minimum of 15 hours.

Update from Board Member Nicholas Stehle:

From: "Hubbard, Bill, DPS" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date: May 1, 2012 1:14:55 PM CDT
To: 'Nicholas Stehle' < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: Reciprocity with Arkansas

Mr. Stehle,

I fully understand that most states’ reciprocity is “we recognize yours if you recognize ours.”  However, that is not the law in place in New Mexico, which says that before reciprocity can be granted, the other state must be “at least as stringent or substantially similar” to ours.  We are still working on this and are hopeful that we can arrive at a position that is in the best interest of both of our states.  Thank you for taking the time to send me your thoughts.

Bill Hubbard

Here is an excerpt from NM Code regarding training requirements:

29-19-7. Demonstration of ability and knowledge; course requirement; proprietary interest; exemptions.

A.     The department shall prepare and publish minimum standards for approved firearms training courses that teach competency with handguns. A firearms training course shall include classroom instruction and range instruction and an actual demonstration by the applicant of his ability to safely use a handgun. An applicant shall not be licensed unless he demonstrates, at a minimum, his ability to use a handgun of .32 caliber. An approved firearms training course shall be a course that is certified or sponsored by a federal or state law enforcement agency, a college, a firearms training school or a nationally recognized organization, approved by the department, that customarily offers firearms training. The firearms training course shall be not less than fifteen hours in length and shall provide instruction regarding:

  1. knowledge of and safe handling of single- and double-action revolvers and semiautomatic handguns;
  2. safe storage of handguns and child safety;
  3. safe handgun shooting fundamentals;
  4. live shooting of a handgun on a firing range;
  5. identification of ways to develop and maintain handgun shooting skills;
  6. federal, state and local criminal and civil laws pertaining to the purchase, ownership, transportation, use and possession of handguns;
  7. techniques for avoiding a criminal attack and how to control a violent confrontation; and
  8. techniques for nonviolent dispute resolution.
B.  Every instructor of an approved firearms training course shall annually file a copy of the course description and proof of certification with the department.


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