Whydid you go to a police station to ask a cop about the law? Cops are not lawyers, and they typically only know enough about the laws they regularly enforce to get by and make arrests that will hold up in court. I wouldn't expect otherwise, they are only human, and there is no way (or reason) for them to memorize sections of code about things they rarely see or experience. I am not even sure if it is possible, with as many laws as are on the books.In the Richmond tri-cities area, there isone locality where OVER 50% of those arrested by cops are never even charged - often because the prosecutors can't even make a case that a crime has been commited based on the officers report/behavior. Open carry in NM is legal - about as legal as it gets - it is a Gold Star state. There israrely any reason to ask a cop his or her opinion on the law - in some cases, especially with relatively obscure topics,you may as well ask Joe Schmoe on the street. You also put the officer in a predicament -he doesn't want to be wrong and have it come back to bite him - so you will get the most conservative answer.From your post, it sounds like this officer just gave you his opinion, anyway - that he would advise against it. OK. He shouldn't open carry then. That has nothing to do with the choices you make.