Clubs & ranges

Shooting clubs and Shooting Range Operators (SRO) need to understand the changes to the Arms Act 1983 that 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.

To implement these changes, several steps need to be taken to ensure clubs and ranges meet the new requirements.

What shooting clubs and shooting range operators need to know:

  1. Shooting clubs and shooting ranges will be regulated from 24 June 2022.
  2. After 24 June 2022, no new shooting clubs and shooting ranges may operate until they have obtained approval or been certified.
  3. All existing clubs and ranges may continue target shooting activities, but clubs must apply for club approval and shooting range operators must apply for certification by 24 June 2023 (with the exception of existing pistol shooting clubs and pistol ranges that have already been recognised and approved).
    For more information on this and the requirements for pistol shooting ranges, see Schedule 1 of the Arms Legislation Act 2020.
  4. What is required to have their club approved or their range certified.

Draft regulations

public consultation for clubs and ranges regulations was held for six weeks where Police sought views on proposals setting out the requirements for the approval of shooting clubs and certification of shooting ranges by the Police Commissioner.

  • The regulations set the requirements for the implementation of the new Arms Act provisions (see section 63 of the Arms Legislation Act 2020 under ‘Part 6 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 Preparing draft applications below).
  • 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.

Preparing draft applications

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 help them prepare for the changes.

To help Shooting Range Operators (SRO) and Shooting Range Inspectors (SRI) prepare for application, a range operator may choose 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 cannot be accepted until the final regulations and application fees come into effect in December 2022.

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 is the person or body that applies for the certification of a range. They are responsible for the Range Standing Orders (RSOs), and the operation of their shooting range(s) including compliance with:

  • the Arms Act 1983 and associated regulations
  • 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, and
  • understands what is required to meet the New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual requirements.

To help Police have produced an instructional video on how to measure a shooting range

Who are the Shooting Range Inspectors?

Shooting Range Inspectors (PDF, 180KB) 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 regulations. They have a greater understanding and take guidance from the New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual.

As part of the preparation for completing the shooting range application form, the Shooting Range Operator and Shooting Range Inspector must ensure that the shooting range meets the requirements of the New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual, and must 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.

The three-day Shooting Range Inspectors course teaches participants how to conduct an inspection, and how to validate the information provided by the Shooting Range Operator on the range dimensions. On validating  the information provided they prepare a report. This report, along with other information provided by the Shooting Range Operator, will help Police make an informed decision about:

  • 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.

Shooting Range Inspector course

Members of the firearms community can apply to attend the three-day Shooting Range Inspectors course but note that course dates for 2022 have now been completed. Future course dates will be announced once enough interest has been received by the Clubs and Ranges Team.

Note: This is subject to shooting discipline location, demand and individuals’ commitments to support this inspection regime.

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

Course participants will need:

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

Police 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. 

Preparation for Shooting Range Operators

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:

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

 
2

Organise a range inspection by a trained Shooting Range Inspector recognised by Police (PDF, 180KB) and obtain a shooting range inspection report from the Shooting Range Inspector. 

 
 

Shooting Range Operators can obtain details of trained Shooting Range Inspectors through their national shooting range representative.

   
3
The Shooting Range Operator may provide an exposure draft application and the required documents to Police for review purposes only.
 
4
Police review the application and contact the Shooting Range Operator if required. 
 
  Once the required content, process, and fee for application is consulted, agreed, and set out in regulations, and when the regulations come into force, Police will contact the Shooting Range Operator to discuss how to make a formal application. The Shooting Range Operator will receive a certificate for each certified range.

 

Note: A formal application cannot yet 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 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, close the web browser, then go to where you’ve saved the files and right click on PDF and select ‘open with Adobe Reader DC or Pro (or similar PDF editor). Using a browser will cause the entered information to 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, 186KB)

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

NB: Click on the link to open the form. Do not edit at this stage. Save or download file to your device (e.g. computer desktop). Close the web browser. Go to the document’s saved location, right click on PDF and select ‘open with Adobe Reader DC or Pro (or similar PDF editor). Edit the file and save.

SRO

CR2: Shooting Range Standing Orders Template - Exposure Draft (PDF, 1.82MB)

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, 288KB)

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

Checklists

The following checklists (exposure drafts) contain technical data about the range and must 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, 389KB)

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, 310KB)

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 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 Individual Range Detail (PDF, 239KB)

Provided for the additional ranges when completing the Shooting range Inspection Report.

SRO and validated by the SRI.

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, 18.41MB)

Sets out the standards that shooting ranges must meet.

Ammunition Danger Area Templates (ADATs) (PDF, 229KB)

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.

Tip: To help draw of a range, print the template then photocopy them onto acetate or transparency paper which can then be layered on a relevant scaled map.

 

Forms & Guides

 
Shooting Range Manual

Useful links

 

Use the Firearms Licence Checker tool when selling firearms or ammunition to check whether the person you are selling to is presenting a valid licence to make the purchase.

Need help?

 

See the Clubs and Ranges frequently asked questions (PDF, 265KB)

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