Prohibited firearms added

A small group of additional firearms are now prohibited. This includes:

  • Semi-automatic pistols (semi-automatic firearms less that 762mm in overall length) that are not “small” semi-automatic pistols.
    • Note: a “small semi-automatic pistol” (excluded) is a semi-automatic pistol that:
      • has an overall length of 400 millimetres or less, excluding any silencer, pistol carbine conversion kit, or other muzzle-fitting attachment; and
      • has a barrel length of 101 millimetres or more; and
      • is capable of firing specified ammunition (ammunition used on pistol shooting ranges approved by the Commissioner) only at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or less; and
      • is suitable for shooting on a certified pistol range.
  • Centrefire pump-action rifles that are capable of being used with a detachable magazine, or that have a non-detachable magazines (tubular or otherwise) that are capable of holding more than 10 cartridges commensurate with that firearm’s chamber size.
  • Note: 0.22 rimfire semi-automatics with magazines of 10 rounds or less remain for the most part out from the definition of prohibited firearm. However, if the firearm has a lower receiver capable of being attached to a centrefire upper receiver resulting in a functioning centrefire firearm, it is prohibited.

If you want to continue to possess one of these firearms, you will need to apply for an endorsement, and a permit to possess or import. Find more information on how to apply for an endorsement and permit to possess or import, and who is eligible.

To help you identify which fireams may be prohibited, view these decision trees (PDF 4.46MB).

You can find the regulations here: www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2020/0309/latest/whole.html#LMS433935

Semi-automatic pistols held on some endorsements not treated as prohibited firearms

A semi-automatic pistol possessed by a person who has an endorsement on their licence under section 30 of the Act and a permit to possess/import, permitting them to possess that semi-automatic pistol in their capacity as a collector, museum director/curator, approved employee/member of a broadcaster/theatrical society etc, or as an heirloom/memento is not a prohibited firearm.

Video on changes to prohibited firearms

This video details the new small group of additional prohibited firearms and also the new requirements on possessing a pistol carbine conversion kit.