Clubs & ranges

The information on this page is to alert shooting clubs and Shooting Range Operators (SRO) to the changes to the Arms Act 1983 which come into law on 24 June 2022.

The changes are set out in section 63 of the Arms Legislation Act 2020 under ‘Part 6 Shooting clubs and shooting ranges’. Part 6 will be incorporated into the Arms Act 1983 on 24 June 2022.

In order to implement these changes, several steps need to be taken.

Those affected need to know:

  1. that shooting clubs and shooting ranges will be regulated from 24 June 2022
  2. that after 24 June 2022, no new shooting clubs and shooting ranges can operate until they have obtained approval or been certified
  3. all established clubs and ranges can continue their target shooting activities but must make application for club approval and range certification by 24 June 2023 (with the exception of pistol shooting clubs and ranges that have already been recognised and certified). For more information on this and the requirements for pistol shooting ranges, see Schedule 1 of the Arms Legislation Act 2020.
  4. what they need to do to have their club approved or their range certified.

In addition:

  • A public consultation for clubs and ranges regulations was held for six weeks and closed on 4 May 2022. Police sought views on proposals setting out the requirements for the approval of shooting clubs and certification of shooting ranges by the Police Commissioner. Regulations must be made to provide clear and comprehensive directions on expectations around legislative requirements for new Part 6 of the Act, 'Shooting clubs and shooting ranges'.
  • To support understanding of the proposals in the consultation document, an exposure draft of the New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual and exposure drafts of the application forms have also been released (see below).
  • New Zealand Police | Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa encourages you to share your views on the proposals for these regulations.
  • Final proposals will be considered by Cabinet for approval before the drafting of regulations. New regulations will be notified in the New Zealand Gazette prior to coming into force during 2022.

All shooting club committees, shooting club members and Shooting Range Operators are encouraged to become familiar with the new Part 6 of the Arms Act to assist them to prepare for the changes.

To assist Shooting Range Operators and Shooting Range Inspectors (SRI) to prepare for application, a range operator may opt to use the exposure drafts of the application forms to provide Police with a draft application for review. This will not be regarded as a formal application. Formal applications will be able to be made once the required content, process, and fee for application is publicly consulted, agreed, and set out in regulations.

Who are the Shooting Range Operators?

From 24 June 2023 a person cannot operate a shooting range unless it is a certified shooting range. A Shooting Range Operator will be responsible for the operation of their shooting range(s) including compliance with:

  • the Arms Act 1983 and associated regulations
  • the New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual
  • range certification conditions including maintenance of the range to the minimum acceptable requirement
  • remedial or preventative action required by an improvement notice
  • renewal of range certification

Who are the Shooting Range Inspectors?

  • Shooting Range Inspectors (PDF, 128KB) are members of the firearms community who have completed the Police developed shooting range inspector course. They have been recognised by Police as able to inspect shooting ranges, to ensure ranges meet the safety standards set out in the exposure draft of the New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual.
  • The Shooting Range Inspectors course teaches participants how to conduct an inspection, and how to gather information on the range dimensions and from the Shooting Range Operator. They then validate the information provided and prepare a report. The Shooting Range Inspector understands in more depth what is required to meet range manual. This report, along with other information provided by the Shooting Range Operator, will help Police make an informed decision regarding:
    • if the range meets the certification standard
    • what conditions (in addition to those in section 38Q(1) of the Arms Act 1983) are imposed on the range and, if required, whether the range is safe to continue operating.

Subject to shooting discipline location, demand and individuals’ commitments to support this inspection regime, members of the firearms community can apply to attend a course to become a recognised shooting range inspector if they have:  

  • a good level of knowledge and experience of their shooting discipline,
  • computer literacy, and
  • basic (or advanced) map reading skills.

As part of the preparation for completing the shooting range application form, the Shooting Range Operator and Shooting Range Inspector are to ensure that the shooting range meets the requirements of the New Zealand Police
Shooting Range Manual, and complete the related forms provided by Police. To assist them, within the manual are range design criteria.  Ammunition Danger Area Templates (ADATs) drawn to 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scale are also
available on this web page.

Preparation for shooting ranges

 

The exposure drafts of the application forms may change in response to public consultation and the final regulations. However, if you wish to use the exposure drafts of the application forms to provide Police with a draft application for review purposes only, follow the steps below:

Step 1 The Shooting Range Operator downloads and reviews the following documents:

  1. Exposure draft Application for certification of a shooting range
  2. Exposure draft Shooting range inspection report form (See step 2)
  3. Exposure draft Shooting range standing orders template
  4. Exposure draft Landowner permission form

Step 2 Organise a range inspection by a trained Shooting Range Inspector recognised by Police (PDF, 128KB) and obtain a shooting range inspection report from the Shooting Range Inspector. Shooting Range Operators can obtain details of trained Shooting Range Inspector through their national shooting range representative.

Step 3 The Shooting Range Operator may submit the exposure draft application and the required documents to Police (available in early 2022).

Step 4 Police review the application and contact the Shooting Range Operator if required. When the regulations are in force, Police will contact the Shooting Range Operator to discuss how to make a formal application. Each certified shooting range will receive an individual shooting range certificate


Note formal application cannot be made until the required content, process, and fee for application is consulted, agreed, and set out in regulations. Remember to participate in the public consultation process on these matters.   

Shooting Range Inspector course

Police is providing three-day Shooting Range Inspector courses across the country to train and develop a group of shooting range inspectors.

The course comprises of pre-learning, teaching and assessment modules. Post-course formal assessment modules will be completed from home. Ongoing training, additional to the Shooting Range Inspector course will be provided to maintain competency.

Courses have started and are planned to run through to June 2022. Dates and locations are detailed below. Training prior to June 2022 provides a resource of recognised individuals whom the Shooting Range Operators can contact to organise a range inspection and report against the new requirements.

Police will provide the training facilities and materials. Costs such as meals, travel and accommodation will need to be met by individual attendees or discipline.

While most applicants would benefit from a three-day course, there is a one-day online course for individuals who already hold the skills, i.e. qualified existing range inspectors, but who will require familiarity with the new forms and legislation. Interest in attending a Shooting Range Inspector Course is being coordinated through national shooting disciplines. Please contact a representative from your shooting discipline to apply to take part.

Please note that course spaces are limited.

Shooting Range Inspector Course - dates and locations (tbc)

  • Trentham, 27–29 May 2022
  • Whangaparaoa, 10–12 June 2022
  • Taupo, 24–26 June 2022

Shooting range forms and resources

Exposure drafts of Application Procedures for Shooting Ranges

Important note: Do not use an Internet browser or Apple's Preview application to open and complete these forms. Please save the forms to your device first, then open using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If a form is completed using a browser, the entered information may be lost if you click on the 'back' button, or if you try to save it. 

 

Form name

Form description

To be completed by the

CR1: Shooting Range Application for Certification form - Exposure Draft (PDF, 229KB)

The Shooting Range Operator (SRO) submits this form to apply for certification of their shooting range.

SRO

CR2: Shooting Range Standing Orders Template - Exposure Draft (PDF, 1.93MB)

The SRO will use this template to format their Range Standing Orders (RSOs). All mandatory headings are to be included in their RSOs for the purpose of certification.

SRO

CR3: Shooting Range Inspection Report - Exposure Draft (PDF, 258KB)

The Shooting Range Inspector (SRI) will fill in this report having completed an onsite shooting range inspection and then submits it to the SRO.

SRI

CR8: SRO - Landowner Permission form - Exposure Draft (PDF, 132KB)

The SRO will use this form to verify they have the landowner or controlling authority’s permission to use the land and any associated danger area for the purpose of a shooting range.

SRO (the Landowner must complete Section C)

Checklists

The following checklist (exposure drafts) contain the technical data about the range and are to be completed by the Shooting Range Operator. The Shooting Range Inspector will then validate this information during their range inspection.

Checklist name

Checklist description

To be completed by the

CR4: Rifle/Pistol - Shooting range inspection checklist - Exposure Draft (PDF, 384KB)

The SRO will use this checklist to assess the compliance of range documentation, infra-structure, any natural features and procedures for the safe design, construction, and operation of the range.

SRO and validated by the SRI.

CR5: Indoor - Shooting range inspection checklist - Exposure Draft (PDF, 306KB)

The SRO will use this checklist to assess the compliance of range documentation, infra-structure, any natural features and procedures for the safe design, construction, and operation of the range.

SRO and validated by the SRI.

CR6: Limited use and/or field shooting: Shooting range inspection checklist - Exposure Draft (PDF, 219KB)

The SRO will use this checklist to assess the compliance of range documentation, infra-structure, any natural features and procedures for the safe design, construction, and operation of the range.

SRO and validated by the SRI.

CR7: Shotgun - Shooting range inspection checklist - Exposure Draft (PDF, 589KB)

The SRO will use this checklist to assess the compliance of range documentation, infra-structure, any natural features and procedures for the safe design, construction, and operation of the range.

SRO and validated by the SRI.

C&R Supplementary pages

These are templates pages allow the SRI to add more information to supplement their inspection report.

Extra page

Description

To be completed by the SRI if required to supplement their report

CR3: Extra page for images (PDF, 82KB)

To allow for additional images.

SRI

CR3: Extra page for comments (PDF, 77KB)

To allow for additional comments.

SRI

Resources

Resource name

Resource description

New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual - Exposure Draft (PDF, 19.89MB)

Sets out the standards that shooting ranges must meet.

Ammunition Danger Area Templates (ADATs) (PDF, 1.44MB)

Ammunition Danger Area Templates (ADATs) drawn to 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scale. The use of the ADATs is detailed in appendix 4 of New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual.

 

 

Forms & Guides

 
Shooting Range Manual

Need help?

 
For enquiries relating to shooting clubs and ranges, or the Shooting Range Inspector course, please email clubsandranges@police.govt.nz