Permits to import or procure 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 certain large capacity magazines. There are limited exemptions.
  • Placing controls around who may possess parts of prohibited firearms.

To find out how these changes may impact on you, go to Changes to firearms law - prohibited firearms.

New Zealand Police administer the Permits system as required under the Arms Act 1983, sections 18 (Imports) and 35 (procuring pistols and restricted weapons).

The Police Permits Administration team, which handle all Firearms Permit related business is based in Wellington. You can contact the team regarding permit related queries by email at Permitfirearms@police.govt.nz.

Importing firearms

Any New Zealand firearms holder may apply to Police to bring A category (standard hunting rifles and shotguns) firearms into New Zealand. Police hold a list of firearms that are approved for use in New Zealand by licence holders. 

View the Approved firearms list

If you wished to import a firearm that is not on the approved list contact Police at Permitfirearms@police.govt.nz.

Permit to Import

A permit to import is required for every firearm, pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, starting pistol, restricted airgun, or restricted weapon, and any part (see Section 2 of the Arms Act 1983) of a firearm, pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm (MSSA), starting pistol, or restricted weapon (Section 16, Arms Act 1983). A permit to import will only be issued to the holder of a New Zealand firearms licence (except in the case of restricted airguns, prohibited offensive weapons, and antique weapons) and endorsement (in the case of MSSAs and pistols).

Permit to Procure

A permit to procure is required for every pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm or restricted weapon, (see Section 35 of the Arms Act 1983) from another person inside New Zealand. A permit to procure will only be issued to the holder of a New Zealand firearms licence with the appropriate firearms endorsement(s).  This means that you must already have been issued with the relevant firearms endorsement before applying for a permit.