Apply for permits to import or possess

This includes arms items, firearms, PCCKs and ammunition.

Under the Arms Act 1983, New Zealand Police receives and considers applications for permits to import arms items, and ammunition, blank-firing guns and airPCCKs (section 18 of the Arms Act 1983) and permits to possess pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms, prohibited magazines, and pistol carbine conversion kits (PCCKs) (sections 35, 35A and 35AA of the Arms Act 1983).

You can contact Police for permit related queries by email at Permitfirearms@police.govt.nz

 

Importing firearms and ammunition

Any New Zealand firearms licence holder may apply to Police to bring a standard firearm or non-prohibited ammunition into New Zealand (except for blank-firing guns, which do not require a firearms licence).
 
An endorsement holder may also apply to import a pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine, or a pistol carbine conversion kit (PCCK).
 

Permit to Import

A permit to import is required to import:
  • a non-prohibited firearm, pistol, blank firing gun, restricted airgun, restricted weapon, or non-prohibited magazine
  • any part of a firearm (see Section 2 of the Arms Act 1983), pistol, blank firing gun, or restricted weapon
  • a prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine or a prohibited part (prohibited items)
  • a pistol carbine conversion kit (PCCK)
  • an air pistol carbine conversion kit
  • any non-prohibited ammunition
Applications for permits to import pistols or restricted weapons (and their parts), restricted airguns, prohibited items, and prohibited ammunition may only be granted if there are special reasons as to why those items should be allowed into New Zealand. Sufficient information to assess this needs to be provided on the application form (or accompany it).

 

Who can apply

A permit to import will only be issued to a person who will lawfully possess the item on its arrival in New Zealand.

TO APPLY FOR: YOU NEED:

a permit to import a standard firearm, a part for a standard firearm, or non-prohibited ammunition

a current New Zealand firearms licence

a permit to import a pistol, PCCK, restricted weapon or prohibited firearm or a prohibited magazine, or a part for any of these

a current endorsement on your New Zealand firearms licence

Consignment conditions

Applications for permits to import should only be sought for items that are going to be entering New Zealand in a single consignment at the same time; or if in more than one consignment, where all consignments are going to be entering New Zealand within a 30-day period. The permit to import will cease to apply to remaining items 30 days after the first items entered New Zealand (section 18AAD of the Arms Act 1983).

 

 
FRM67B: Application to import a firearm, pistol, blank-firing gun, restricted airgun, restricted weapon, part, magazine, prohibited arms item, pistol carbine conversion kit, and/or air pistol carbine conversion kit (Editable PDF, 129KB)

 

Permit to possess

This section covers the requirements for applying for permits to possess pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms, and prohibited magazines.
A permit to possess is required to make your endorsement specific to every pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine (see sections 35 and 35A of the Arms Act 1983) acquired from another person inside New Zealand.   
 

TO APPLY FOR:

YOU NEED:

a permit to possess

a current New Zealand firearms licence with appropriate endorsement(s)

Important note: You must already have been issued the relevant firearms endorsement before applying for a permit.

 
FRM67A-RP: Application for a permit to possess (Editable PDF, 130KB)

 

 

Permits to possess or import pistol carbine conversion kits (PCCKs)

According to the Arms Act 1983, lawful possession of a pistol carbine conversion kit (PCCK) requires you must have:
  1. A current firearms licence or dealer licence with an endorsement made under section 30 authorising possession of a pistol.
  2. Possession of a pistol under a permit to possess or permit to import.
  3. A permit to possess the PCCK under section 35AAA or a permit to import under section 18AA.
 

Permits to possess PCCKs

When considering an application for a permit to possess a PCCK, Police need to be satisfied that the applicant holds the relevant endorsement and permit in relation to a pistol.
Also, for target pistol shooting applicants, the Police decision maker needs to be satisfied that:

  1. There is evidence of the pistol that the pistol carbine conversion kit is to be associated with.
  2. The pistol carbine conversion kit specifically enables a pistol that has an overall length of no more than 400 millimetres and is capable of firing specified ammunition at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or less to be fired from the shoulder; and
  3. The pistol carbine conversion kit does not modify the pistol in any other way.
 
FRM67A-PCCK: Application for a permit to possess a pistol carbine conversion kit (Editable PDF, 108KB)

 

Completed applications forms can be:

 
Emailed to Permitfirearms@police.govt.nz
 
Posted to:
Arms Act Service Delivery Group
PO Box 722
Paraparaumu
Kapiti 5032


Permits to import PCCKs

An applicant for a permit to import a pistol carbine conversion kit (PCCK) needs to demonstrate that:

  • there are special reasons why the PCCK should be allowed into New Zealand (e.g., for a collection or target pistol shooting).
  • they have a pistol endorsement and a pistol that they have obtained under a permit to possess or permit to import.
  • where the PCCK is intended for target pistol shooting, that the PCCK specifically enables a pistol that has an overall length of no more than 400 millimetres and is capable of firing specified ammunition (ammunition used on pistol shooting ranges approved by the Commissioner) at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or less to be fired from the shoulder.
  • the PCCK does not modify the pistol in any other way.
 
Refer to section 18AA of the Arms Act 1983.

Importing air pistol carbine conversion kits (s 18AAB)

A permit is required to import an air pistol carbine conversion kit.
This can only be issued where the applicant intends to personally use the kit as a member of an airsoft or paintball club that is affiliated with a national airsoft or paintball organisation.

 
Refer to section 18AA of the Arms Act 1983.

Importing prohibited and non-prohibited ammunition

Any New Zealand firearms licence holder may apply to Police for an import permit to bring non-prohibited ammunition into New Zealand.
 
There is a separate application form for importing non-prohibited ammunition
 
Only a person who is permitted by regulations to possess prohibited ammunition and is a firearms licence holder can apply to import prohibited ammunition. Regulation 28Y sets out who can possess prohibited ammunition.
 
 

FRM67B-NP: Application to Import non-prohibited ammunition (Editable PDF, 170KB)

FRM67B-P: Application to Import prohibited ammunition (Editable PDF, 122KB)