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Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019

Firearms laws have changed

 

View Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019 from the New Zealand Legislation website

The temporary amnesty for persons possessing prohibited ammunition (Regulation 28Y of the Arms Regulations 1992) ended on the 30 September 2019.

Regulation 28Y of the Arms Regulations 1992 allows for certain persons (below) to possess prohibited ammunition.

A bona fide collector / a director or curator of a bona fide museum of prohibited ammunition

Under Regulation 28Y (1) of the Arms Regulation 1992 the following persons may only possess prohibited ammunition that is manufactured for small arms:

  1. a director or curator of a bona fide museum:
  2. a bona fide collector of ammunition.

Small arms means (Regulation 28Y (5) Arms Regulation):

  1. a rifle of a calibre up to 20 millimetres
  2. a pistol of a calibre up to 20 millimetres

If you wish to keep your collection of prohibited ammunition, you will need to be recognised by Police as a bona fide collector of prohibited ammunition. To be recognised as a bona fide collector please:

  1. Complete the POL67AC Police form attached with the relevant supporting document/s
  1. Send your completed form to prohibitedfirearmendorsement@police.govt.nz
  2. If approved, you will receive a “letter of recognition” that identifies you as a bona fide collector of prohibited ammunition.


Note: The letter is not an endorsement

If you do not wish to keep your collection of prohibited ammunition, then Police will arrange to visit you and collect the prohibited ammunition.

A researcher of prohibited ammunition

Under Regulation 28Y (2) of the Arms Regulation 1992 a researcher may possess prohibited ammunition if the researcher is—

  1. employed or contracted by—
    1. the New Zealand Defence Force; or
    2. the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited; and
  2. researching the chemical makeup of certain types of prohibited ammunition.

If you wish to possess prohibited ammunition for the purpose of research, you will need to be recognised by Police as a researcher of prohibited ammunition. To be recognised as a researcher of prohibited ammunition please:

  1. Complete the POL67AR Police form attached with the relevant supporting document/s
  1. Send your completed form to prohibitedfirearmendorsement@police.govt.nz
  2. If approved, you will receive a “letter of recognition” that identifies you as researcher of prohibited ammunition


Note: The letter is not an endorsement

If you do not wish to continue to possess of prohibited ammunition for the purpose of research, then Police will arrange to visit you and collect the prohibited ammunition.

 

Prohibited ammunition

(Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019)

Ammunition

Description

Tracer ammunition

Projectiles containing an element that enables the trajectory of the projectiles to be observed

Enhanced-penetration ammunition

Projectiles that have a steel or tungsten carbide penetrator intended to achieve better penetration

Armour-piercing ammunition

Projectiles intended to penetrate or perforate armour plate and ceramic armours, typically achieved through the use of hardened or specialised core materials

Incendiary ammunition
(excluding flares for flare guns)

Projectiles designed to provide an incendiary effect on impact with the target

Explosive ammunition

Projectiles containing a high-explosive charge that detonates on impact with or in close proximity to the target

Multi-purpose ammunition

Armour-piercing incendiary ammunition in which the incendiary compound is replaced by a high-explosive charge to provide a blast, fragmentation, and incendiary effect as well as an armour-piercing effect

Discarding-sabot ammunition
(excluding shotgun cartridges)

Small-diameter projectiles designed to pierce armour that are placed into a supporting plug (a sabot) and then pushed down the bore as an assembly; the sabot is stripped off when the assembly leaves the barrel

Multi-projectile ammunition
(excluding shotgun ammunition)

Ammunition that has the ability to fire multiple projectiles in a single shot (for example, duplex ammunition)

Chemical or biological carrier ammunition
(excluding projectiles for any device designed
and intended solely for any medical, surgical,
veterinary, scientific, agricultural, industrial, or
other similar lawful purpose)

Projectiles that have the ability to carry a chemical or biological agent

Flechettes
(excluding projectiles designed and intended
solely for any bolt gun, stud gun, humane killer,
deer net gun, nail gun, or a pistol that is part of
rocket-throwing or line-throwing equipment)

Lightweight, fin-stabilised projectiles, fired from a sabot, with an aerodynamic shape and small frontal area to minimise air resistance