New Mexico Concealed Carry


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Friendly Environment For All Students

Smaller class size. Many instructors will pack 20 or more people in a concealed handgun course. Practical Tactical’s NM CHL Courses are limited to a maximum of 10 students to ensure that each student gets superior instruction. Not only do you get more personalized instruction this way, but you also get to learn more defensive skills during the class.

Welcoming environment. I strive to welcome all students to the course, regardless of background. Even if you are a first-time shooter, I will work with you and be patient. You will not be ridiculed or made to feel stupid in this course and I do not tolerate students abusing other students for any reason.

A class made for you. You aren’t going into the military or law enforcement, so I won’t treat you like a cadet. Instead, I focus on helping you better defend yourself and those you love. While some of the skills you learn will come from the law enforcement and military worlds, they have all been adapted to fit the unique needs of civilian shooters.

No politics. Self-defense is not a right-wing or left-wing issue. I think everybody should take an active interest in their personal safety, regardless of political or social background. While I have to cover some controversial issues in the course, I do not let any brand of politics dominate discussion. In the course, we stay focused on things that matter to people who are serious about keeping themselves and their loved ones safe and don’t waste time on anything else!

Better Instructor, Better Course

Many instructors get their basic marksmanship instruction certifications in one weekend without any background in use of force or other required and essential topics. I not only have the required NRA certification, but also have volunteer law enforcement training, am nearing completion of a master’s degree and have spent much time studying use-of-force topics from a civilian perspective.

My course is packed with knowledge that comes from a wide variety of disciplines, including emergency management, homeland security, and police/fire/EMS training. I am also constantly revising course materials and methods to ensure that the course is always at its best.

Multistate Training

I am not only a New Mexico approved instructor. I have attended the Texas DPS concealed handgun instructor course in Austin, Texas and my training is approved for licensing in several other states, including Florida and Arizona. If you need assistance obtaining any other state permits, please advise me before the course so I can gather the needed materials and fingerprint cards (most students do not get other state permits, as New Mexico is more widely recognized than it once was).

While you cannot obtain a Texas CHL without taking a course in El Paso, I teach you about what you need to do when visiting El Paso so you don’t get into trouble and cover the basics of Arizona laws plus what you need to learn when traveling to any other state.

Carry More Calibers

In my class, you can borrow a .45-caliber semi-auto and revolver for qualification to greatly expand what calibers of guns you can carry, for no extra charge.

When taking a New Mexico permit course, the caliber of gun you qualify with is the largest you can carry. For example, if you qualify with a .357 revolver, you can only carry .357 or smaller revolvers. There are also category restrictions (semi-automatic vs. non-semi-auto). If you only qualify with a revolver, you can only carry non-semi-auto guns. If you only carry with a semi-automatic, you can only carry semi-automatics. If you qualify with both, you can legally carry both.

I have .45-caliber handguns available in both categories for students to borrow for qualification purposes, available for no extra fee. I only ask that students supply their own .45 ACP ammunition or purchase rounds from me at cost at the range. If you can qualify with the .45 caliber semi-auto and revolver, you will be licensed to carry almost any handgun.

Application Materials Provided

Unlike some of my competitors, I provide the New Mexico application paperwork and help you fill it out. I do not charge any additional fee for these services, and I assist you in getting your application packet together and answer any questions you might have about the process.

Unfortunately, I can no longer provide fingerprinting. DPS has switched to electronic fingerprints that must be performed at an approved location. However, this is better as fingerprinting is now included in your $100 application fee and permits can now be returned to you faster.

What does a student learn in the course?

On the first day, we focus on accuracy and safety, because an inaccurate and unsafe shooter should not carry a gun. On the second day, we focus on gun laws and intermediate pistol shooting, including some tactical shooting.

Many instructors are more focused on entertaining their students than actually improving their skills.

My personal philosophy as an instructor is this: if students don’t first build a solid foundation in safety and marksmanship fundamentals, no amount of tactical training will benefit them.

30-50% of concealed carry students are first-time shooters, and despite this, over half of my students get a perfect score on the NM competency test. Most of the rest score 90% or higher.

Even experienced shooters who have trained at well-known schools in Arizona and Nevada have expressed their appreciation after getting through the ‘boring’ parts of my course and noticing an improvement in their accuracy.

Other Topics Include:

  • Firearms laws
  • When you can and can’t use a firearm
  • How to avoid violent confrontations
  • New Mexico shooting competency test
  • Basic defensive and tactical shooting drills

Who is eligible for a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), and who isn’t?

A. The department shall issue a concealed handgun license to an applicant who:
(1) is a citizen of the United States;
(2) is a resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico or is a dependent of such a member;
(3) is twenty-one years of age or older;
(4) is not a fugitive from justice;
(5) has not been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction;
(6) is not currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction;
(7) is not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm;
(8) has not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;
(9) is not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances; and
(10) has satisfactorily completed a firearms training course approved by the department for the category and the largest caliber of handgun that the applicant wants to be licensed to carry as a concealed handgun.
B. The department shall deny a concealed handgun license to an applicant who has:
(1) received a conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or has been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within ten years immediately preceding the application;
(2) been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
(3) been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance within ten years immediately preceding the application; or
(4) been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.
(NMSA 29-19-4)

What Do I Need To Bring To The Course?

Required Equipment

Please bring these items to class on the second day:

  • At least one handgun of .32-caliber or greater (please let me know if you need to borrow one)
  • Minimum 100 rounds of commercially-loaded ammunition (200 recommended, NO HANDLOADS, Remanufactured ammo from licensed producer OK)
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Hat and/or sunscreen
  • Sufficient water or cold-weather clothing as needed seasonally for 7 hours outdoors

Optional Equipment

  • Strong-side belt or paddle holster
  • 60 rounds of .45 ACP if you wish to qualify with company guns for higher caliber qualification (more rounds recommended if you have never fired a large-caliber handgun), or money to purchase rounds at the classroom.
  • .22-caliber pistols are allowed for the first day of the course, but not for the second day. If you choose to do this, please bring at least 100 rounds of ammunition for it.
  • Extra magazines or speedloaders
  • Flashlight for low-light shooting if seasonal conditions permit

Other Things You’ll Need

  • Sufficient gas in car to drive to Butterfield Range and back to your home, or arrangements for transportation to and from the range

What Is The Class Schedule?

First Day

9:00AM – 5:00 PM                 No Loaded Firearms In Classroom!
Classroom Instruction
Drury Inn and Suites, Address: 1631 Hickory Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88005

Second Day

Butterfield Range, I-10 Exit 127 (Corralitos Road)

9:00 AM – 12:00PM
Basic Marksmanship Training
NM Concealed Carry Qualification Test

12:00PM – 4:00 PM
Intermediate Defensive Shooting Exercises

Class Fees

Reservation (non-refundable deposit, goes toward class fee): $25
Pre-pay price (must be paid in full before day of class): $99
(prices do not include tax)

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Class fee does not include state licensing or application fees, postage or ammunition costs.
Licensing fees are:
New Mexico: $100 (4-year license)
Arizona (if desired): $60 (5-year license)