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Firearms and Safety


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Firearms and Safety

New Zealand has a high level of firearm ownership and use, with many people enjoying our varied hunting and shooting activities. New Zealand Police is committed to increasing the safe use and storage of firearms, and reducing the number of preventable deaths and injuries involving firearms.

As a firearms user you can take some simple steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, your mates, and your community.

  • Get to know the Arms Code and ensure you know about the safe use of firearms
  • Ensure your firearms are safely stored to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands


This website provides helpful information on how you can safely use and store firearms. You can also find out about New Zealand firearms licences, laws, endorsements and import permits for residents, visitors, collectors and dealers.

Custom Summary: 
Find out about New Zealand firearms licences (sometimes called gun licences), endorsements and import permits for residents, visitors, collectors and dealers, and the Arms Code

Apply for an endorsement and permit to possess prohibited items

Changes in firearms legislation since since 12 April 2019 has led to a ban on most semi-automatic firearms and some pump action shotguns; and also certain large capacity magazines. There are limited exemptions. ... More

News and updates

Announcements and updates from the Firearms Office ... More

Firearms OIA responses

Official Information Act responses that may be of interest to the wider firearms community ... More

Firearm law changes & prohibited firearms

  New firearm laws The Arms Act has been amended. It bans most semi-automatic firearms, some pump action shotguns and also certain large capacity magazines. There are limited exemptions ... More

Arms Code

Effective and active safety instruction is vital for anyone involved with firearms. Learn the Arms Code, particularly the Seven Firearms Safety Rules ... More

Firearms safety programme

Safety is critical when storing, handling or using a firearm. The Firearms Safety Course will ensure you have a strong understanding of the Arms Code, particularly the seven basic rules of firearms safety. It will also provide you with practical training so you know how to safely handle a firearm. ... More

Hunter safety

Planning, preparation and taking care are important when hunting. The hunter safety content provides valuable material that all hunters and any person going into the outdoors should review in preparation for being in the outdoors ... More

Firearms storage

You are required by law to have a safe and secure place to store your firearms. ... More

New Zealand firearms licence application

How to apply for or renew a standard New Zealand firearms or gun licence. ... More

Prohibited offensive weapons

Offensive weapons you are not allowed to bring into New Zealand. ... More

Firearms storage

All firearms licence holders are subject to conditions that require the safe and secure storage of their firearms. There are additional conditions that apply to endorsement holders in relation to pist ... More

New Zealand firearms licence application

Since the changes to the Arms Act on 12 April 2019 there is no longer an E endorsement. Any firearms currently held under an E endorsement need to be handed in as part of the amnesty and buy-back. In ... More

Prohibited offensive weapons

Offensive weapons other than firearms These are offensive weapons you are not allowed to bring into New Zealand: Bayonets Knuckledusters, knives incorporating knuckledusters, swordsticks (inclu ... More

Visitor firearms licence and import permits

For a secure login, all visitor applicants must use the RealMe link on this Police webpage only. Links on other websites will not work. Please read this page before you apply. It contains informati ... More

Firearms offices and contact details

National firearms contact E Firearms team contact form Arms Office contacts Whangarei Whangarei Central Police Station, Walton Street, Whangarei Tuesday - Friday, 9am-3pm Vaidas Varkalis & ... More

Firearms licensing for collectors and dealers

Full details of regulations covering firearms collectors and dealers can be found in the Arms Code. Information and application forms are available if you wish to apply for an endorsement and permit ... More

Firearms forms and guides

  Form S. 43A (PDF 72KB) Editable PDF Mail Order Sales of Standard Sporting Firearm(s), Airgun(s) and/or Ammunition (Section – 43A Arms Act). For more info ... More

Mail order guns

We are reviewing and updating this information as a result of the changes to New Zealand’s firearms classifications. We will publish the updated information as soon as possible. ... More

Useful links

Hunting safety videos and resources Courtesy of the NZ Mountain Safety Council 7 Basic Firearms Safety Rules Hunting in New Zealand Hunting videos ... More

Firearms approved for use in New Zealand

Due to the recent firearms laws changes some firearms-related information is under review.   ... More

Permits to import or possess firearms

Changes to firearms law – prohibited firearms New firearms laws amend the Arms Act: Banning most semi-automatic firearms and some pump action shotguns; and also most large capacity magazines ... More

Immigrants and bringing firearms into New Zealand

We are reviewing and updating this information as a result of the changes to New Zealand’s firearms classifications. We will publish the updated information as soon as possible. ... More