If you want to run a business that sells any firearms, prohibited magazines, prohibited parts, airguns, pistols, or restricted weapons; or if you want to manufacture for sale any firearms, prohibited magazines, prohibited parts, airguns, pistols, or restricted weapons, you will need a dealer licence.
You will also need a New Zealand firearms licence before you can be granted a dealer licence. A dealer licence is valid for one year and must be renewed prior to expiry in order to continue business operations. The licence cannot be transferred to, or vested in, any other person.
If you want to import firearms for your business you will need to apply for a permit to import.
If you want to deal in pistols and restricted weapons, prohibited firearms, and/or prohibited magazines as part of your business you will need to apply for the appropriate endorsement on your dealer licence and a permit to possess for each of the pistols, prohibited firearms, prohibited magazines, and restricted weapons you are holding as a dealer.
Place of business
A dealer’s licence is issued in respect of one place of business only, and that place of business must be specified in the licence. If you want to operate more than one place of business you can get a dealer licence that authorises you to operate from more than one place of business if, at each of those places of business there is a manager who holds a dealer licence. A dealer may, on an occasional basis, carry on dealer activities from places additional to the place of business specified in their dealer’s licence if they apply for and obtain a condition on the dealer licence that permits it. A separate consent is needed if from time to time you wish to hold or exhibit at a gun show.
Criteria for a dealer licence
To apply for a dealer licence you must:
- hold a current firearms licence, and
- be sixteen years of age or older; or
- be at least eighteen years of age if you are also applying for an endorsement to deal in prohibited firearms, and / or prohibited magazines;
You will also need to demonstrate you are a fit and proper person to carry on the business of dealing in, or manufacturing for sale, arms items. This means you will be able to show you:
- safely and competently possess large numbers of firearms;
- deal in firearms responsibly and comply with all requirements of the Arms Act and Arms Regulations;
- run your business with due skill and care, and actively oversee the dealer activities with appropriate policies and procedures;
- implement and maintain appropriate record keeping systems; and
- manage firearms stocks responsibly and stores all firearms securely.
When assessing whether you are a fit and proper person to have a dealer licence, Police will consider your overall character and business background including information provided by you and your referees, as well as other information held or obtained by Police.
Dealer's licence fee (new or renewal) - $204
Dealers' gun show consent fee - $50.00
If you are applying for an endorsement as part of your dealer business, you can do so as part of this application. The fee for an endorsement is $204, incl. GST. If you apply for multiple endorsements at the same time the fee remains $204.
Process for first time applications
Renewing a dealer licence
Security of dealer premises and firearms stock
Inspections of records
Read about some law changes that come into effect on 24 December 2020 which impact on dealers.