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Modifications and approved gunsmiths

Firearms laws have changed

 

New provisions in the Arms Act 1983 came into force on 12 April 2019 prohibiting most semi-automatic firearms, and some shotguns, magazines and parts.

Some prohibited firearms with tubular magazines can be modified to be non-prohibited.

Firearms that can be modified

Some firearms with non-detachable tubular magazines may be modified (to permanently reduce the magazine capacity so that the firearm is no longer a prohibited firearm), including:

  • A semi-automatic firearm capable of firing only 0.22 calibre or lower rimfire cartridges, with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
  • A semi-automatic shotgun with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.
  • A pump-action shotgun with a non-detachable tubular magazine capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.

In addition, any firearms with non-detachable tubular magazines that are prohibited magazines because they are capable of holding more than 10 rounds, may also have that tubular magazine modified to reduce its capacity.

Modifying your firearm

  • Please complete the online notification form.
  • Select an approved gunsmith from the list below.
  • Confirm with your approved gunsmith whether your firearm can be modified.
  • Please discuss shipping and transportation of your firearm/s with your approved gunsmith.
  • Arrange to book the modification with your approved gunsmith. Note that you will need to pay for your firearm/s to be shipped to your approved gunsmith.

Your approved gunsmith will complete the work and return your firearm with a certification of work complete. Your approved gunsmith will notify Police of work carried out and will receive up to $300 for modifications per firearm from Police.

Key points to note

  • The amnesty period allows you to transport your prohibited firearm to an approved gunsmith for modifications.
  • The subsidy paid to approved gunsmiths for modification work is a maximum of $300.
  • Approved Gunsmiths have been approved by the Commissioner on the basis that they will all ensure their risks of doing business and providing the modification services are adequately covered, whether by insurance or otherwise. This means not all gunsmiths who have been approved will have insurance. It is recommended that you check your own insurance policy to see what that covers and ask the gunsmith what their insurance arrangements are before delivering your firearm to them for modifications to be carried out.
  • A list of approved gunsmiths who are authorised to carry out modifications is available below.
  • If you, non-Police approved gunsmiths and any other individuals, choose to carry out modifications yourself, you are not eligible to receive the $300 compensation as the work has been done by a non-approved gunsmith.
  • If you, non-Police approved gunsmiths and any other individuals carry out the work yourself, it must be completed in accordance with the standards below.

List of approved gunsmiths

GUNSMITH

CONTACT DETAILS

LOCATION

Darren Hills

fssprecision@gmail.com

Whangarei

Arnie Sharpe

forarnie@gmail.com

Whangarei

On Target

cj@on-target.co.nz

Beachlands

NZ Guns and Parts

 

stsltd@xtra.co.nz

Phone: 09 294 7795, 027 493 3347

Drury

D.F Maisey Gunsmithing Services

dean@gunsmith.co.nz

 

Tauranga

Custom Cartridges

customcartridges.co.nz/

mark@nzsika.co.nz

Phone: 07 378 4593

Taupo

Miles Manufacturing Ltd

pmiles@xtra.co.nz

Phone: 027 476 2731

Taupo

Jeff Horn

janet.horn@me.com

Phone: 06 758 4216

New Plymouth

Design, Develop, Manufacture Ltd.

ddmltd@xtra.co.nz

 

Hastings

Rivers to Ranges Limited

 

sales@riverstoranges.co.nz

Phone: 06 878 7177

Hastings

Gun Supplies Ltd

www.gunsupplies.co.nz

Phone: 07 347 6570, 027 496 0884
Fax: 07 347 6565 

Rotorua

 

NZ Armourer Ltd

djwardallen@gmail.com

Phone: 027 376 8773

Taihape

HRC Ltd

www.hrcltd.co.nz

andy@hrcltd.co.nz

Gisborne

Jepsen Acoustics & Electronics Ltd

njepsen@gmail.com     

Palmerston North

Gun Services

gunservices@xtra.co.nz

Phone: 06 323 3728, 022 190 9969

Feilding

Hayes & Associates Ltd

haltd@actrix.co.nz

Carterton

Kathryn Truscott

KathrynTruscott@gmail.com

Featherston

GR & Rm Hunt

karen@huntfish.co.nz

Foxton

MR Max Ltd

mr.max@xtra.co.nz

Lower Hutt

Dave's Gun and Barrel works

dave.ward@ts.co.nz

Nelson

Gunsmith Services Marlborough

 

mcleantitan@yahoo.com

Phone: 021 0257 3069

Blenheim

Webster Gunsmithing Services Marlborough

wgssm2016@gmail.com

Blenheim

Gunworks Ltd

gunsmith@gunworks.co.nz

Phone: 03 342 1001

Christchurch

Worksmart - Shoot Smart Ltd

doublecab1@gmail.com

Phone: 022 354 4794

Pleasant Point

Laurie Bradley Gunsmith

lauriebradley4570@gmail.com

Timaru South

Desert Guns Ltd

DesertGuns@outlook.co.nz

Cromwell

Greystone Guns

stuart@greystoneguns.co.nz

Phone: 03 324 3210

Leeston

Staveley Alternative Technologies

hamo7@yahoo.com

Phone: 021 428 482

Ashburton

Rod Woods

gundoc@xtra.co.nz

Clyde

Gunmakers NZ

gunmakers.nz@gmail.com

Alexandra

Quality Machining Ltd

Jason@qml.co.nz

Greymouth

Shooters World Gore

shootersworld@xtra.co.nz

Gore

Custom Guns Ltd

greg@customguns.co.nz

Phone: 027 918 2760

Invercargill

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Modifications and Approved Gunsmiths FAQs

 

Page updated 18 October 2019