Originally Posted by TexasRog
You can carry whatever you want. I promise you that if you shoot someone, you will lose your gun for a long time. Maybe forever. (evidence). If you carry a $700 dollar gun it will hurt. If you are carrying two guns..both go bye bye. My point is...just be aware. Unless it is clear that you are are the defender, it can get complicated. I'm not a lawyer or police officer, but I have asked the question to them, and hear about the same answer.
You're right on part, but wrong on the other.
This is FACT in New Mexico:
If you shoot someone in self defense, and have an extra weapon, the investigators will take the weapon that you fired. You will keep your extra.
Your weapon will be returned after there are tests and metallurgical samples done; this typically takes 30-45 days. If you shot in self defense and weren't under the influence, the perp is dead, and you did not use excessive force, you will receive your weapon AS SOON as tests, etc. are finished.
There is also an option to have your weapon insured, so that in the case it is lost or damaged (evidence room catches fire). The state will insure your weapon and you are covered.