Over 545,000 New Mexico residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, New Mexico reported 197 intimate partner violence related homicides from 2005 to 2014, 58% of whom died by firearms. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
New Mexico does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition by persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or persons subject to domestic violence orders of protection. New Mexico does not require removal of firearms or ammunition from persons subject to domestic violence orders of protection; however, the court, as part of any order of protection may order other injunctive relief as the court deems necessary for the protection of a party.