Firearms safety programme

Safety is critical when storing, handling or using a firearm. The firearms safety programme will ensure you have a strong understanding of the Arms Code, particularly the seven basic rules of firearms safety. It will also provide you with practical training so you know how to safely handle and use a firearm.

If you’re applying for your first firearms licence and you haven’t attended the old firearms safety course, or the Whakatūpato programme, then you need to complete the new firearms safety programme (that is, pass a theory test and undergo practical training) to obtain a firearms licence for the first time.

If you’re applying for your first firearms licence and you have successfully completed the old firearms safety course, or the Whakatūpato programme, then you don’t need to complete the new firearms safety programme.

If you’re an existing or previous firearms licence holder applying for a new firearms licence, you will (as now) be directed by Police to either complete a firearms safety test (in the application form) during the licensing process, or to undertake the firearms safety programme.

We’ll confirm that you can undertake the firearms safety programme after you submit your application for a firearms licence. You need to take the confirmation letter issued by New Zealand Police when you sit the theory test and attend the practical training.

If you haven’t held a firearms licence before, it’s a good idea to join a shooting or hunting club with experienced members to gain knowledge and practical experience in using firearms safely.

Note:

  • The Whakatūpato programme will continue to provide firearms safety training in remote and isolated communities. The programme will be aligned with the firearms safety programme to include both a theory test and practical training. More information on this programme is available through Police Māori Responsiveness Managers.
  • The cost for doing the firearms theory test and practical training is currently included in the licence application fee.

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Identification requirements

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