Firearms safety course

Theory and practical test

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From 1 March 2019, the Firearms Safety Course will be a three and a half hour session delivered by firearms instructors from the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council at venues across the country.

 

The course consists of two parts

  • Firearms theory test (30 multiple choice questions) - to confirm your understanding of the Arms Code and firearms safety practices and legislation requirements
  • Firearms practical training session – covers hands-on safe-handling of common firearms types


Note: Firearms safety courses are now subject to COVID-19 Traffic Light settings (COVID-19 Protection Framework – CPF). The CPF sets out the requirements of how Police and the Mountain Safety Council can safely deliver the firearms safety course. Any new firearms licence applicant which is turned away, or has been turned away, due to their vaccination status since the settings have taken effect can request their licence fee be refunded in full. Please contact Police to apply for a refund via local Firearms Offices and Contacts. Police reminds all applicants to check the MSC website before applying for a course, to ensure that they understand what will be required for course attendance.

 

About the course

As a first time firearms licence applicant you must pass the Firearms Safety Course as a mandatory component of your firearms licence application process. Applicants will receive a letter from Police confirming that you can register to attend a Firearms Safety Course, which includes sitting the theory test and a practical firearms handling session.

If you misplace or lose your applicant Confirmation Letter, which has the Applicant ID required to complete a booking, please contact Police by email to firearms.safety.programme@police.govt.nz to obtain a replacement letter with your applicant ID.

 

Booking your course

How to book online

From 1 March 2019, you will book for your theory test and practical training together as the firearms safety course. You can book online through www.firearmsafety.org.nz to attend a Firearms Safety Course in your area. The booking service is administered by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

  • Enter the ID printed on your firearms confirmation letter*(issued by Police).
  • Please mention on the booking form if you have any special requirements (especially regarding attempting the theory test).
  • Create a password so that you can cancel or change your course date or location at a later date if you need to.

Alternatively, you can send an email to firearms@mountainsafety.org.nz to book on a course that’s convenient for you.You will be sent reminders to attend the course before the scheduled course date. The booking service is administered by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

You will be sent reminders to attend the course before the scheduled course date.

Course locations

A list of locations for Firearms Safety Courses can be found at www.firearmsafety.org.nz

 

On the day of your course

You need to present the letter from Police confirming that you can undertake the Firearms Safety Course and proof of your identity to the firearms instructor running the course.

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If you have lost your Confirmation Letter please contact Police by email at firearms.safety.programme@police.govt.nz (link sends e-mail) to obtain a replacement letter with your applicant ID

1. Firearms theory test | 30 minutes | Language: English

You will sit the theory test before undertaking the firearms practical training session. Everything you need to know to pass the firearms theory test is in the 2013 Arms Code. You can read it online, or print a copy. It is not difficult to pass the firearms theory test if you study the Arms Code thoroughly, don’t just read it once. We also encourage you to complete the Arms Code quiz to check your understanding of the Arms Code.

If you don’t pass the firearms theory test on your first attempt before the start of the firearms practical training session you will be given a second opportunity to sit the test after the completion of the practical session

When you pass the firearms theory test, your course instructor will record the result on your firearms safety programme confirmation letter

If you don’t pass the firearms theory test on your second attempt, Police will talk to you to determine what should happen next.

 

Reading or language difficulties?
You can ask for extra time to complete the firearms theory test, or for the theory test to be read to you by your course instructor.

 

2. Firearms practical training session
The firearms practical training session covers safe handling and use of firearms. Your firearms instructor will work with you during the course to help you with any firearms handling or safety concerns. During the session you will have an opportunity to practice:

  • State and apply the seven basic rules of firearms safety
  • Identify the main components of a firearm
  • Demonstrate safety precautions and states of readiness on various firearm types
  • Know how to safely cross a fence and how to safely use a transit case/bag to transport firearms

Do not take any firearms with you. Deactivated firearms will be provided by your firearms instructor.

 

After you've completed your course

You don’t need to let Police know that you’ve attended the Firearms Safety Course as we will be automatically notified of your attendance and the results of the firearms theory test and firearms practical training.
 
Police will contact you to arrange a time to interview you and check your firearms security. Police will also arrange to interview your referees and complete any remaining enquiries before making a decision on your firearms licence application.
 

 

 

Firearms safety e-learning

The e-learning modules and Arms Code quiz will help you prepare for your firearms theory test. Even if you’re an experienced firearms user, you can check your understanding of firearms safety in order to keep your knowledge up-to-date.

Find a mentor

The Firearms Safety Course theory test and practical training session require applicants to show that they have a strong understanding of the Arms Code and of how to stay safe with firearms.

Firearms Community Advisory Forum

The e-learning modules and Arms Code quiz will help you prepare for your firearms theory test. Even if you’re an experienced firearms user, you can check your understanding of firearms safety in order to keep your knowledge up-to-date.

 

 

 

Helpful information

 

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