New Mexico Constitution: No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms. Art. II, § 6 (first sentence enacted in 1971, second sentence added 1986).
1912: "The people have the right to bear arms for their security and defense, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons." Art. II, § 6.
[Self-defense right explicitly protected.]
Arizona and New Mexico share a common history and culture in which arms borne openly is traditional. I dunno where Alamagordo get's their cops from... but they can't be local. That theatre manager is prob'ly a California transplant dufus for even callin' the law. St John seems to be scoring $20K in the civil suite... andI hope that's against each of the 7 LEO's involved... plus the Department and City. The only way to curb this kind of abuse is to hit 'em in the wallet. I'm amazed this even happened in New Mexico. I hope 'word' gets around.