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First time traveling with CCW to New Mexico from Texas

This is a discussion on First time traveling with CCW to New Mexico from Texas within the New Mexico Discussion and Firearm News forums, part of the Firearms Discussion by State category; My wife and I are going to be traveling from Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a vacation in a ...

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    Default First time traveling with CCW to New Mexico from Texas

    My wife and I are going to be traveling from Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a vacation in a couple weeks. We will be traveling between Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos over the course of several days, and I plan on bringing my CCW along on the trip. While I have my Texas CHL and CC'ed for a few years now, I am, for all intents and purposes, a virgin when it comes to air travel with a CCW and CCW carry in New Mexico. Since it will be my first time flying with a CCW, I'm not sure what to expect as far as delays associated with checking the firearm, etc. I will say that I will be keeping my CCW unloaded and secured in a Nanovault in my checked baggage. Are there any tips that you folks can give me regarding NM CCW laws or things to be wary of? Can I fly with extra mags secured in my Nanovault with my unloaded CCW? Do the mags have to be in the Nanovault or can they just be kept in my checked bag? Is it more difficult to fly with full size guns rather than a pocket gun (I can carry my BG380 instead of the PX4, but I would prefer the higher caliber/capacity weapon)? I have learned that my full size PX4 will travel in my Nanovault with two 17rd. mags perfectly. I will call the airline if needed, but tell me that I can check my luggage on the plane that way. Additionally, we are spending a couple nights at a casino located in a pueblo. I have already contacted the pueblo police about protocols for CCWs. I was told that I could keep it secured in my vehicle during the stay, but if I didn't keep it in the vehicle (if I felt that it wasn't fully secure, risk of being stolen, etc.), I would have to turn the gun over to the pueblo police for the duration of our stay, since CCWs are not permitted outside of vehicles in the pueblo. All of the posts and online documents I can find about NM CCW carry are from several years ago, and I really don't want to unknowingly violate the carry laws. TIA for the help.

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    i don't know the laws out that way but have a fun and safe trip
    someone on this forum might be able to hook you up with some info or a link
    best wishes
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    NM has dropped several states so make sure they recipocate with Texas.
    When liberals run out of other people's right to infridge upon, how many will give up theirs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagleeyes View Post
    i don't know the laws out that way but have a fun and safe trip
    someone on this forum might be able to hook you up with some info or a link
    best wishes
    Thanks for the well wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TlWheatley View Post
    NM has dropped several states so make sure they recipocate with Texas.
    Nope, they pulled a Bank of America and changed their mind when the word came out initially and the public responded to the idea. They are currently "reviewing reciprocity agreements" but are still recognizing the previously reciprocal states for now.

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    NM has pretty decent laws, but one odd one is you can not have more than one ccw on you at at time. Definitely be carefully at the pueblo. They can pretty much set any law they want. No requirement for standard criminal process.

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    NM recognizes your TX CCW, so you should have no problems. Call you airline and ask them 'their' procedures for your baggage check-in and how they handle your safe/vault with regard to your luggage. Rules DO vary slightly from airline to airline. When I have flown and taken my gun, my nano vault was airline aprooved, I have a metal engraved name tag riveted to the cover, so they cannot say they lost my nano due to a tag missing just in case it falls out of my luggage after they have inspected it and put it in my luggage. I hope your trip is flawless, flying with a weapon is easy, just check with them about their rules and you should be good to go.

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    Thanks for the info. I like your user name. My EDC gun is my 4.5" XDm. 45acp , but I can't carry an extra magazine for it in my nanovault. oh well, Ill live with my PX4.

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    Well, carry TWO nano vaults, thats what I do. One for the gun and one for mags, works for me. And get a couple rings put into your luggage, use the type that have rivets, so you can use the cables to secure the vault in your luggage. Ah, another XDm owner, LOVE mine, great gun. When I am not carrying my XDm, I scale down to a Taurus PT-709 Slim 9mm, I can get 3 mags and the gun in the nano. No shame about carrying something smaller, better to have it than no gun at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45acpXDm View Post
    Well, carry TWO nano vaults, thats what I do. One for the gun and one for mags, works for me. And get a couple rings put into your luggage, use the type that have rivets, so you can use the cables to secure the vault in your luggage. Ah, another XDm owner, LOVE mine, great gun. When I am not carrying my XDm, I scale down to a Taurus PT-709 Slim 9mm, I can get 3 mags and the gun in the nano. No shame about carrying something smaller, better to have it than no gun at all.
    I think you just gave me a "reason" to buy a single stack 9mm (the S&W Shield comes to mind)....I "MUST" buy one for those times where I need a higher caliber weapon than a pocket .380, where deep pocket, uber-concealability isn't absolutely necessary, but better ease of air transport than a full size weapon is necessary. That's freakin' genius!!! Now, to get the wife's stamp of approval on my newly "required" hand gun. No way it's gonna happen before the trip (I just bought my BG380 six weeks ago), but I will remember this rationale for my future purchase.

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