Important notice

Firearms Law Reform

The firearms amnesty and buy-back ends on 20 December

Now is the time to notify Police and hand-in any prohibited firearm/s and/or parts before it's too late.

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Exemptions

Firearms laws have changed

 

The following categories of exempt persons are able to apply for an endorsement and permit to possess prohibited items. You can find application forms on the "Apply for an endorsement and permit to possess prohibited items" page.

Exemption categories

  • A licensed dealer, or an employee or agent of a licensed dealer.
  • A bona fide collector of firearms.
  • A person to whom a prohibited item has special significance as an heirloom or memento.
  • A director or curator of a bona fide museum.
  • An approved employee or member of a broadcaster (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1989) or a bona fide theatre company, society, cinematic, television film production company, or video recording production company.
  • A person who is employed or engaged by the Department of Conservation and involved in operations for the purpose of controlling wild animals or animal pests. (In accordance with the Wildlife Act 1953, the Wild Animal Control 1977, the Conservation Act 1987, or the Biosecurity Act 1993)
  • A person who is the holder of a concession granted by the Minister of Conservation to undertake wild animal recovery operations (In accordance with the Wildlife Act 1953, the Wild Animal Control 1977, the Conservation Act 1987, or the Biosecurity Act 1993)
  • A person who is employed or engaged by a management agency as defined in section 100 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and involved in operations for the purpose of controlling wild animals or animal pests in accordance with that Act.
  • A person whose sole business, or a substantial part of whose business, is providing services to control prescribed wild animals or animal pests, or a person employed or engaged by that person for that purpose. Prescribed animals are wild deer, chamois, tahr, wild pigs, wild goats, wallaby, feral rabbit, feral hare, and Canadian Geese.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I apply for an exemption for my pest control business?

You can read about requirements and apply for an endorsement.

 

How do I know if I’m an eligible pest controller?

You will be eligible for an endorsement if you are employed or engaged by the Department of Conservation and involved in operations for the purpose of controlling wild animals or animal pests, or are the holder of a concession granted by the Minister of Conservation to undertake wild animal recovery operations, or any person who is employed or engaged by a management agency (as defined in section 100 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) and involved in operations for the purpose of controlling wild animals or animal pests.

You may also be eligible if your sole business, or a substantial part of whose business, is providing services to control prescribed wild animals or animal pests, or a person employed or engaged by that person for that purpose.

NB: Prescribed animals are wild deer, chamois, tahr, wild pigs, wild goats, wallaby, feral rabbit, feral hare, and Canada geese.

You can find more information on applying for an endorsement and permit to possess prohibited items.

You can find the relevant section of the updated Arms Act from the New Zealand Legislation website.

 

If I am a dealer, collector, or pest controller, can I move my E-cat firearms to my current endorsement?

If you possess prohibited items and wish to continue to possess them you will have to apply for a new prohibited item endorsement. You can find more information on the requirements for different endorsements and permits to possess prohibited items.

 

How do I transfer a prohibited firearm into my collection?

You need to apply for and hold a prohibited item endorsement. This will require you to list the items you wish to hold in a collection and show that the firearm(s) you possess can be considered part of a thematic collection. An ad hoc, unrelated group of firearms is not a ‘collection’. You can find more information on prohibited firearms, endorsements, and permits to possess.

 

Can I become a collector to keep my firearm?

Collections must have an identifiable theme. An ad hoc, unrelated group of firearms is not a ‘collection’. You can find more information on prohibited firearms, endorsements, and permits to possess.

You can find more information on becoming a collector.

 

Can I apply for an exemption to possess a prohibited item for recreational or sporting use?

No.