Firearms safety programme

Changes to firearms administration services

[6 Apr 2020] In response to the Covid-19 alert level 4 being in place, requiring people to stay at home and maintain physical distance, some firearms administration activities have been deferred.

Below is a summary of the changes which are now in effect.

  • Deferral of all face to face vetting for firearms licence renewal applications – alternative vetting options are being looked into.
  • Once an alternative face to face vetting option is identified, firearms licence renewals will be able to be considered on a case by case basis with priority given to:
    • Employment related firearms licence or endorsement renewal applications.
    • Dealer licence renewal applications.
  • Deferral of first time licence and endorsement applications, and the firearms safety programme for first time applicants.
  • Deferral of the following activities:
    • Processing new permits to import firearms.
    • Processing new dealer licence applications.
    • Dealer premises visits.
    • Existing endorsement holder (collectors, pistol shooters, and pest controller) security checks and holdings audits.
    • Pistol endorsement holder minimum annual shoot requirements.

For people who had made an application, your application will now be deferred.

Also, a reminder that during alert level 4 you should not be using your firearm/s, regardless of whether your licence expires during the period or remains current. Please store your firearms safely and securely.

If your licences expires, once the alert level lowers and restrictions on travel are lifted, then you should move your firearms to be safely and securely stored by a person who has a current firearms licence and apply for a licence as soon as you are able. 

Applications from licence holders who licences expired during the Covid19 lockdown period will remain at the price for renewing a current A category licence: $126.50. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible but there will be delays.

Updates will be provided when there is new information.

Please stay at home and stay safe.

Safety is critical when storing, handling or using a firearm. The Firearms Safety Course 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 a firearm.

If you’re applying for your first firearms licence then you need to complete the Firearms Safety Course (that is, pass a theory test and undergo practical training) as part of your requirements for a firearms licence, or have completed the Whakatūpato programme.

If you’re an existing or previous 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 Course.

Police will confirm if you should undertake the Firearms Safety Course after you submit your application for a firearms licence. If you are required to undertake the Firearms Safety Course you need to take the confirmation letter issued by Police when you attend the course. 

Who needs to complete the firearms safety course?

If you ... then you ...


commence the Firearms Safety programme after 1 March 2019
 


must complete both the theory test and practical training components of the Firearms Safety Course


have commenced the Firearms Safety programme but not yet passed the
Theory Test at AA or VTNZ before 1 March 2019


must complete both the theory test and practical training components of the Firearms safety Course


commenced the Firearms Safety programme and have passed the Theory test at AA or VTNZ


must only complete the practical course component of the Firearms Safety Course


have successfully completed the old firearms safety course before 30 June 2018


don’t need to attend the Firearms Safety Course if you submit your firearms licence application within 12 months of completing the old course

If you submit an application more than 12 months after completing the old course you must undertake the Firearm Safety Course


successfully completed the
Whakatūpato Course


don’t need to complete the new firearms safety course

If you submit an application more than 12 months after completing the Whakatūpato Course you must undertake the Firearm Safety Course or attend a Whakatüpato Course again


completed the Firearms Safety programme
(passed the Theory test at AA or VTNZ and attended a Practical Course)


have completed all training requirements and don’t need to attend the Firearms Safety Course


are an existing or previous
licence holder applying for a new
firearms licence


will be directed by Police to either

  1. complete the firearms safety test (in the application form) when interviewed, or
  2. to undertake the Firearms Safety Course
     

 

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 Course 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.

Firearms Safety Course overview

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Firearms Safety Course booking and preparation

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Firearms safety e-learning

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Identification requirements

You must show the following form of identification when you attend the firearms safety course … More