Updated offences and penalties

The Amendment Act introduces some new offences and the penalties for many existing offences have changed. In most cases the penalties on conviction have been increased.

Below is a list of the offences under the Arms Act that are now in force. The hyperlinks go to the relevant sections of the Arms Act to assist with details around the offences and penalties.

When further parts of the Act come into force in future we will update this page.

Sections setting out the offences and penalties

Arms Act
(section)

Section title

imprisonment
for up to

a fine not exceeding

5

Dealers to be licensed

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$1,000

8C

Effect of expiry or surrender of dealer’s licence

6 months

$10,000

9B

Effect of revocation of dealer’s licence

6 months

$10,000

10

Restriction on possession of prohibited firearms, prohibited magazines, pistols, restricted weapons, or pistol carbine conversion kits

6 months

$10,000

11

Employee of licensed dealer to hold firearms licence bearing appropriate endorsements

---

$10,000

12

Record of dealings by licensed dealers

---

$500

15

Offence to carrying on dealer activities following expiry, surrender, or revocation of dealer’s licence

1 year

$15,000

16

Offence to import firearms, etc, without permit

16(3) – related to firearms etc

1 year

$15,000

16(4) – related to prohibited items and prohibited ammunition

5 years

---

16A

Offence to import prohibited ammunition

5 years

---

20

Restriction on possession of non-prohibited firearms

1 year

$15,000

21

Restriction on possession of airguns

---

$1,000

26

Production of firearms licence

---

$500

28

Effect of revocation or surrender of firearms licence

6 months

$10,000

34

Notification of change of address

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$2,000

36

Offence to carry pistol, prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, or restricted weapon without authority

6 months

$10,000

38

Removal of pistol, prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, or restricted weapon out of New Zealand

---

$2,000

42

Offences in respect of licences

2 years

$20,000

43

Selling or supplying a firearmor airgun to unlicensed person

2 years

$20,000

43AA

Selling or supplying prohibited ammunition

2 years

---

43A

Mail order or Internet sale of arms items or ammunition

6 months

$10,000

43B

Restriction on sales of ammunition

---

$1,000

44

Selling or supplying pistol or restricted weapon to person who does not hold permit to import or permit to possess

3 years

$30,000

44AA

Unlawful sale or supply of pistol carbine conversion kit

3 years

$30,000

44A

Offence to sell or supply prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine

5 years

---

44B

Offence to sell or supply prohibited part

2 years

---

45

Carrying or possessing firearms, etc, except for lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose

4 years

$5,000

46

Carrying of imitation firearm, except for lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose

1 year

$4,000

47

Being in charge of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon while under the influence of drink or drug

3 months

$3,000

48

Discharging firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon in or near dwellinghouse or public place

6 months

$10,000

49

Using, discharging, or carrying certain firearms except for some lawful, proper, or sufficient purpose

3 months

$1,000

49A

Unlawful possession of firearm, prohibited magazine, prohibited part, or airgun after revocation of firearms licence

1 year

$4,000

50

Unlawful possession of pistol or restricted weapon

3 years

$4,000

50AA

Unlawful possession of pistol carbine conversion kit

3 years

$4,000

50A

Unlawful possession of prohibited firearm

5 years

---

50B

Unlawful possession of prohibited magazine

2 years

---

50C

Unlawful possession of prohibited part

2 years

---

50CA

Unlawful possession of prohibited ammunition

2 years

---

50D

Unlawfully carrying or possessing prohibited firearm in public place

5 years

---

51

Unlawful carriage or possession in public place of firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon

3 years

$4,000

51A

Presenting prohibited firearm at other person

7 years

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52

Presenting firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon at other person

52(1) – related to presenting a firearm etc

6 months

$10,000

52(2) – related to presenting anything a person may believe is a firearm etc

6 months

$10,000

53

Careless use of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon

53(1) – related to causing injury or death by careless use

3 years

$4,000

53(2) – related to leaving a loaded firearm etc in any place so as to endanger the life of others

3 years

$4,000

53(3) – related to discharging a firearm etc with reckless disregard to safety of others

3 years

$4,000

53A

Use or attempted use of prohibited firearm to resist or prevent arrest or commit offence

53A(1) – related to resisting arrest

10 years

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53A(2) – related to possessing a prohibited firearm while committing an offence

5 years

---

54

Use or attempted use of airgun, etc, to resist or prevent arrest or commit offence

---

54(1) – related to resisting arrest

7 years

 

54(2) – related to possessing firearms etc while committing an offence

5 years

 

54A

Carrying prohibited firearm with criminal intent

7 years

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55

Carrying firearm, etc, with criminal intent

5 years

---

55A

Offence to assemble prohibited firearm

5 years

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55B

Offence of failing to produce prohibited firearm, etc, on demand or to permit inspection of prohibited firearm, etc

6 months

$10,000

55C

Offence of failing to produce firearm other than pistol, restricted weapon, or prohibited firearm on demand or to permit inspection of firearm

---

$10,000

55D

Offences relating to illegal manufacturing of certain arms items

10 years

---

55E

Offences relating to illegal trafficking of firearms, parts, or ammunition

10 years

---

55F

Offences relating to falsifying firearm markings

10 years

---

55G

Offences relating to removing or altering firearm markings

3 years

---

56

Obstruction of member of Police

3 months

$1,000

57

Offences committed by corporations

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$4,000

58

Reporting of injuries caused by firearms, airguns, pistols, or restricted weapons

3 months

$1,000

59

Unsafe firearms or pistols

6 months

$10,000

66A

Loss, theft, or destruction of firearm, etc

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$10,000

66B

Person in possession of firearm, etc, must give identifying information to Police

6 months

$10,000

66C

Powers of Police to require surrender of airguns or antique firearms

6 months

$10,000