Change of address and firearms issues

Change of address

 

Firearms / dealer’s licence with no endorsement

If you have changed your address or other contact details since your firearms or dealer’s licence was issued:

Update your details online

Alternatively, you can download and complete the change of address form (PDF, 99KB) and email it to firearms.NST@police.govt.nz, or deliver it to your nearest police station or firearms office.

Please note that you are required to give written advice of a change of address to Police within 30 days of changing address (s34(1)).

 

Firearms / dealer’s licence with endorsement

If you are a firearms or dealer’s licence holder with a licence that bears an endorsement to possess a pistol, restricted weapon or prohibited arms items; the licence holder must notify Police - before the intended change of address - of the arrangements made for the safe custody of the endorsed arms items during the shift to the new address (s34(2)).

The firearms cannot be moved into your new address until the security arrangements at the address have been inspected and approved by Police.

To give notice of your intention to move to a new residential address:

Update your address online

Alternatively, you can download and complete the change of address form (PDF, 99KB), including the details for the safe custody of your firearms during the move, and email it to firearms.NST@police.govt.nz, or deliver it to your nearest police station or firearms office.

Note

The penalty upon conviction for failing to provide notification of change of address, without reasonable excuse, is a fine not exceeding $2,000.

As an alternative form of notification, you may use the NZ Post change of address advice function Change address on firearms licence if you prefer.

 

Lost firearms licence or permit

 

You should report a firearms licence or permit as missing, destroyed or mutilated by calling the Police non-emergency 105 number or visiting your nearest police station.

To obtain a replacement, you will need to pay a Replacement Firearms Licence fee at any New Zealand PostShop and take the receipt to your nearest police station.

On application, and on proof to the satisfaction of Police by a statement in writing, statutory declaration or other evidence that a licence or permit has been lost, destroyed, mutilated or has become illegible, Police will issue a duplicate of the licence or permit, or a new licence (Arms Regulations, reg32).

 

Lost firearms

 

If any firearm, prohibited magazine, prohibited part, or restricted weapon, is lost the owner must immediately report the loss to Police. The owner must provide all information in their possession relating to the firearm(s) and the circumstances of the loss to Police (Arms Act, s66A).

The quickest way to report a lost firearm is to contact Police using the 105 Online Reporting form, selecting Reporting firearms matters, and choosing the ‘Lost or found property’ option; or by calling the Police non-emergency 105 phone line.

Alternatively you can contact your local firearms office directly. Find the contact details for the nearest office on the firearms offices and contact details page.

 

Stolen firearms

 

If any firearm, prohibited magazine, prohibited part, or restricted weapon, is stolen the owner must immediately report the theft to Police. The owner must provide all information in their possession relating to the firearms and the circumstances of the theft (Arms Act, s66A).

The quickest way to report a theft of a firearm is to contact Police via the 105 Online Reporting form, selecting Reporting firearms matters, and choosing the ‘Someone's stolen something or tried to steal something’ option; or by calling the Police non-emergency 105 phone line.

Alternatively you can contact your local Arms office directly. Find the contact details for the nearest office on the firearms offices and contact details page.

 

Hand in or surrender a firearm item

 

If you have a firearm, magazine, part, or ammunition that you no longer want and wish to hand over to Police, you are able to do so.

Please contact your local firearms office to organise a suitable time to hand in your firearm item/s. Please do not turn up to a station unannounced. It is important that you ensure firearms are not loaded and to transport them safely using a gun case or similar bag.

 

Destruction of a firearm

 

Considering destroying a firearm

If you are considering destruction of a firearm you can contact your local Arms Office to discuss options, including arranging to hand the item in and have Police undertake the destruction of the item for you.

I have already destroyed a firearm or part

If any firearm, prohibited magazine, prohibited part, or restricted weapon, has been destroyed the owner must immediately report the destruction to a member of Police. The owner must give Police all information in their possession relating to the destruction (Arms Act, s66A).

The quickest way to report the destruction of a firearm is to contact Police via the 105 Online Reporting form, selecting Reporting firearms matters, and choosing the ‘something else’ report option; or by calling the Police non-emergency 105 phone line.

When reporting a destruction you must provide details including; your full name, firearms licence number, manufacturer, make; model; serial number, calibre, why and how the firearm or item was destroyed, and attach any relevant documentation and / or photos of the item before and after destruction.

If the firearm was a pistol, a pistol carbine conversion kit, a prohibited arms item, or a restricted weapon, once you have made the report Police will be in contact with you to follow up your report and arrange collection or delivery of the destroyed item/s for disposal by Police.