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Gunsmith application process

On Thursday, the 20th June 2019, the Minister of Police announced further details of the Amnesty and Buy-Back for prohibited firearms.

New Zealand Police are facilitating the Amnesty and Buy-Back collection channels.

The Arms Act Amendment Regulations allow for appropriately experienced gunsmiths to become an Approved Gunsmith to conduct modifications in the manner and standard approved by the Commissioner of the New Zealand Police.

New Zealand Police is inviting gunsmiths that meet the specifications of service to become part of a network of approved gunsmiths during the amnesty period.

As an approved gunsmith respondents need to have suitable:

  • firearm licences
  • demonstrated gunsmith skill and ability 
  • suitable physical premise and secure storage (with ability to meet the processing requirements)
  • ability to complete handover transactions and administration tasks
  • community access

Police approved gunsmiths, who undertake modifications for licensed firearms owners will be eligible to receive a payment of up to $300 (including GST) for the cost of the modification throughout and for the duration of the amnesty period in accordance with regulation 28U(3) of the Arms Regulation 1992.

Safety is a paramount concern, so respondents need to demonstrate that the service can be sufficiently supported for the duration of the amnesty.

This is a unique opportunity for gunsmiths to support their customers and local communities to comply with the new firearms legislation.

Note: Applications closed on 30 August 2019.


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