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Protecting Your Right To Bear Arms

As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Lisa Torraco respects your right to bear a firearm. She will protect your right to PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY!

Lisa is a fierce defender of the Second Amendment, representing clients in cases of:

  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Discharge of a firearm
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Discharge of a firearm
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Disorderly conduct

For information on conceal and carry laws and a link to the application form for a New Mexico concealed handgun license, visit our resources page.

How Serious Is My Firearms Charge?

The severity of New Mexico gun laws is based on a number of factors involving how and where the weapon is used or brandished. Carrying a deadly weapon onto a school campus, into a liquor store or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal, but may only result in a misdemeanor. Discharging or brandishing a weapon in these situations is far more serious. Listed below is more information on New Mexico gun laws.

When Is Using A Weapon Not A Crime?

As a general rule, it is illegal to shoot someone. The state considers this a use of deadly force to create great bodily harm. By definition, this means causing injuries that have a high likelihood of causing disfigurement, serious injury or death. However, if done under a particular set of circumstances (e.g., self-defense, defense of others, etc.), the law states a person is privileged to use deadly force against another. This is a concept known as legal justification.

The Law Of Self-Defense

New Mexico law considers deadly force legally justified when used in self-defense. To justify deadly force, the law states that the following conditions must be met:

  1. There is an appearance of immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to yourself.
  2. You are in fact placed in fear by the apparent danger of immediate death or great bodily harm.
  3. A reasonable person in your situation would use deadly force.

When self-defense is used as a defense in court, the jury is given a set of instructions to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the use of a weapon. The court will instruct the jury to find that you acted in self-defense when:

  1. There was an appearance of immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to you as a result of a felony, an unlawful act, or an act that would result in death/great bodily harm.
  2. You were in fact put in fear of immediate death or great bodily harm.
  3. You used deadly force because of that fear.
  4. The apparent danger would have caused a reasonable person in the same circumstances to act as you did.

These are uniform instructions used in courts across the state of New Mexico in an effort to achieve the equal application of the law. They are known as the New Mexico Uniform Jury Instruction 14-5183.

For Weapons Charge Defense, Contact Lisa Torraco

If you are facing misdemeanor or felony weapons charges, contact Lisa Torraco Law by calling 505-308-6800 or filling out our online contact form.