Arms Code

Please note:

Since the 2013 Arms Code was published, there has been a change to processes for purchasing or acquiring a firearm as it relates to mail order and internet sales.

If you are purchasing firearms or ammunition in any non-face-to-face transaction you must provide an order form to Police (Police have a standard form for this). Police will verify your firearms licence details, certify the order form, and provide the certified order form direct to the seller.

The above applies to all internet and mail order sales that are non-face-to-face transactions.

For all endorsed firearms, the mail order and internet sale order form is additional to the requirement to obtain a permit to procure issued by the Police. The permit to procure form is directed to the seller by the buyer.

The Code is currently being reviewed in consultation with members of the Firearms Community Advisory Forum and other subject matter experts and a revised version is scheduled to be published online and in hard copy in July 2017.


Effective and active safety instruction is vital for anyone involved with firearms. All applicants for a firearms licence are required to attend the New Zealand Police firearms safety training session.

This is a test of the applicant’s knowledge of the Arms Code, particularly the Seven Firearms Safety Rules.

The Seven Firearms Safety Rules:

Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
Rule 5: Check your firing zone
Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms