Firearms and Safety

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

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

Changes to firearms law - prohibited firearms

Last updated 20 June 2019 New firearms laws are now in effect amending the Arms Act by: Banning most semi-automatic firearms and some pump action shotguns; and also certain large capacity magazin ... More

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

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

Visitor firearms licence and import permits

As a visitor, you need a visitor's firearms licence to use firearms in New Zealand. You need an import permit to bring firearms into the country with you. ... More

Firearms offices and contact details

Contact the Police National Arms Control Office for enquiries relating to firearms and firearms licences. ... More

Firearms licensing for collectors and dealers

You need a firearms licence and 'C endorsements' to collect firearms or use them in theatrical productions. ... More

Firearms forms and guides

A collection of the most used application forms for licences, endorsements and firearms or offensive weapon import permits. ... More

Mail order guns

From 22 October 2015, NZ Police supply the verification (endorsement) of a mail order sale direct to the seller rather than to the purchaser. ... More

Useful links

A collection of links to resources and organisations related to firearms in New Zealand. ... More

Firearms approved for use in New Zealand

List of approved A, B and E firearms ... More

Permits to import or possess firearms

You must have a Permit to Import before purchasing firearms from overseas. ... More