Buying & selling

On 1 February 2022, the Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 came into force and caused the Arms Regulations 1992 to be updated. To view the specific changes to the regulations refer to the Arms Amendment Regulations 2021.

Note: One of the changes relates to the secure storage of ammunition for ammunition sellers and anyone with a dealer’s licence that is selling ammunition. Police recognise that in the short term some dealers and ammunition sellers might be challenged meeting in full the new requirements of the Arms Regulations Act 1992, including during the time leading up to and during the duck hunting season when demand for ammunition will be high. Please see the News and Update section for further details.

Mail order or internet sale changes

The rules relating to the sale of firearms items by Internet transaction or mail order (s43A) have been clarified and expanded. Both mail order and internet sales are now expressly included.

Internet and mail order sales of non-prohibited firearms, non-prohibited magazines, airguns (excluding those used in airsoft or paintball), pistol carbine conversion kits, and parts that are not prohibited parts, and ammunition require a written order under s43A(1). The written order must be:

  • signed by the purchaser; and
  • stating the identifying markings on the arms item if it is a non-prohibited firearm, magazine, part, or pistol carbine conversion kit; and
  • signed by a member of the Police stating that the member of the Police:
    • has inspected the purchaser’s firearms licence, or in the case of an airgun being purchased by a person 18 years or older is satisfied as to the person’s age; and
    • in the case of a PCC kit, has inspected the purchaser’s permit to possess issued under s35AAA (note that transfers of PCC kits require an endorsement to possess a pistol and a permit to possess the kit); and
    • is satisfied that the purchaser is a fit and proper person to purchase the arms item or ammunition;
  • sent by Police directly to the seller.

Pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms and prohibited magazines

For mail order or internet sales of a pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine, s43A(3) provides that in addition to the purchaser obtaining an endorsement and permit to possess the item, the item must be delivered by a courier specified in the permit.

Prohibited parts

For mail order or internet sales of prohibited parts, the purchaser needs to have both:

  • an endorsement on their licence authorising them to possess a prohibited firearm (s 50C and 43A(3)(a));
  • and a form from Police specifying the courier that will be delivering the parts (s 43A(3)(c)).

 

Forms & Guides

 
FRM43A (Editable PDF 117KB) Mail Order or internet sales of non-prohibited Firearm(s), Airgun(s) non-prohibited magazines, and/or Ammunition(Section – 43A Arms Act).
 
 
For more information regarding the Mail Order process see: Guide for applicants – Mail order or Internet Sales (PDF21K)
 
 
FRM43A-PP (Editable PDF 122KB) Mail order and internet sales of prohibited parts. A mail order or internet sales form is required where prohibited parts are being sold without in-person completion of the sale.

 

Need help?

 
FirearmsCompliance@police.govt.nz