Buying & selling

The rules for buying and selling firearms and ammunition, and the storage of firearms and ammunition have changed due to the Arms Amendment Regulations 2021.

 

Refer to the Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 for details on the specific changes that have been made to the Arms Regulations 1992.

Buying firearms through mail order or internet sales

The rules relating to the sale of firearms items by internet transaction or mail order have changed (Section – 43A Arms Act).

Internet and mail order sales of the following items now require a written order under s43A(1):

  • non-prohibited firearms
  • non-prohibited magazines
  • airguns (excluding those used in airsoft or paintball)
  • pistol carbine conversion kits (PCC kits)
  • parts that are not prohibited parts
  • ammunition.

Mail order or internet sales process

Process for purchasing non-prohibited items via mail order or internet sale:

1
Complete the form below:
 
 
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).
   
2
Deliver the form to your nearest Police station.
 
 

Find your local Police station

   
3
If you meet all requirements, Police will send your form directly to the seller.
   
 
Important: Refer to the Guide for applicants – Mail order or Internet Sales (PDF 21KB) for full details of the mail order process.

 

Mail orders or internet sales of restricted or prohibited items

The process for purchasing restricted or prohibited items through mail orders or internet sales involves some extra steps. This includes the following items:

  • pistols
  • restricted weapons
  • prohibited firearms
  • prohibited magazines.

Process for purchasing restricted or prohibited items via mail order or internet sale:

1
Make sure you have an endorsement on your licence authorising you to possess the item.
   
2
Obtain a permit to possess. See Apply for permits to import or possess for more information.
   
3
Complete the form below:
 
 
FRM43A-PP (Editable PDF 122KB) Mail order and internet sales of prohibited parts.
 
4
Deliver the form to your nearest Police station.

 

 

Find your local Police station

 

5
If you meet all requirements, Police will send your form directly to the seller.

 

Selling firearms

Sellers or suppliers of firearms, ammunition, and airguns are required by the Arms Act 1983 to verify that the purchaser/recipient is the holder of a firearms licence, or in the case of airguns, is of or over the age of 18.
New Zealand Police accepts the following methods of verification:

Face to face 

a)The seller meets the purchaser face to face and personally examines their firearms licence, or in the case of airguns, photo identification of proof of age issued by the New Zealand Government, and compares the photo with the person in front of them.  Sellers should 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. As an additional step, you may also request verification of a firearms license number from New Zealand Police by phone or email.

Non-face to face (Mail order or internet sales)

b)In the case of a non-face to face transaction, the seller receives a form direct from New Zealand Police (by email or post) stating that the purchaser/recipient holds a firearms license (or in the case of airguns is of or over the age of 18) and they are entitled to possess the firearms, ammunition, or airguns listed in the purchaser’s written (purchase) order.

Mail order or internet sales

Police mail order forms
For mail order or internet sales of firearms, ammunitions, and airguns, the purchaser completes one of the following Police mail order forms:

 
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).
 

FRM43A-PP (Editable PDF 122KB) Mail order and internet sales of prohibited parts.

Police will certify the form and email or post it directly to the seller / supplier. Receiving this form satisfies the seller / supplier’s obligation under the Arms Act 1983 to verify that the purchaser/recipient is the holder of a firearms licence, or in the case of airguns, is of or over the age of 18.

Delivering the goods

The seller must instruct the courier that if the recipient is not present at the address at the time of delivery, the goods are to be held at the premises of the mail/courier company for the recipient to collect.

 
For sales of prohibited parts, the courier stated on the form from Police must be used.

 

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).
 

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.

 
For more information about the mail order process see: Guide for applicants – Mail order or Internet Sales (PDF21K)

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?
 
FirearmsCompliance@police.govt.nz
 
Find your local Firearms Office