Reprint as at 1 July 2019

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Arms Act 1983

Public Act
 
1983 No 44
Date of assent
 
29 November 1983
Commencement
 
see section 1(2)
Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the New Zealand Police.

Contents

Title
1Short Title and commencement
2Interpretation
2AMeaning of prohibited firearm
2BMeaning of prohibited magazine
2CMeaning of prohibited part
2DMeaning of prohibited ammunition
3Act to bind the Crown
3ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
4Power to declare weapons to be restricted weapons or specially dangerous airguns
4APersons who may apply to import, sell, supply, possess, or use prohibited items
5Dealers to be licensed
6Dealer’s licence to be personal to holder
6AConditions of dealer’s licence
7Place of business
7AGun shows
8Duration of dealer’s licence
9Revocation of dealer’s licence
10Restriction on possession of pistol, prohibited items, or restricted weapon by licensed dealer
11Dealers and their employees and agents to hold firearms licences
12Record of dealings by licensed dealers
13Seizure of firearms, ammunition, airguns, pistols, prohibited items, and restricted weapons held by licensed dealers
14Disposal of firearms, ammunition, airguns, pistols, prohibited items, and restricted weapons of dealer whose licence is revoked
15Offence for licensed dealer to carry on business following revocation of his licence
16Offence to import firearms, etc, without permit
16AOffence to import prohibited ammunition
17Burden of proof
18Issue of permit to import
18AExpiry of permits to import
18BSamples
19Seizure of illegally imported items
20Restrictions on possession of firearms
21Restrictions on possession of airguns
22Exemptions
23Application for firearms licence
24Issue of firearms licence
25Duration of firearms licence
26Production of firearms licence
27Revocation and surrender of firearms licence
27AFamily violence and firearms licences
28Effect of revocation or surrender of firearms licence
29Application for endorsements in respect of pistol or restricted weapon
30Power to make endorsement in respect of pistols or restricted weapons
30AApplication for endorsement in respect of prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
30BPower to make endorsement in respect of prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
31Possession of firearm, pistol, prohibited item, or restricted weapon for stage, film, or television purposes
31AConditions of endorsements
32Further conditions of endorsements in respect of pistols and restricted weapons
33Revocation of endorsements
33AFurther conditions of endorsement in respect of prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
33BRevocation of endorsement in respect of prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
34Notification of change of address
34APower to require or take photographs of applicants
34BEffect of non-compliance with requirements in relation to photographs or to calling-in of licences
35Issue of permit to possess pistol or restricted weapon
35AIssue of permit to possess prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
36Offence to carry pistol or restricted weapon without authority
37Surrender of restricted weapon
38Removal of pistol, prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, or restricted weapon out of New Zealand
39Loss, theft, or destruction
40Person in possession of firearm, etc, must give identifying information to Police
41Powers of Police to require surrender of airguns or antique firearms
42Offences in respect of licences
43Selling or supplying firearm or airgun to unlicensed person
43AAPossessing, selling, or supplying prohibited ammunition
43AMail order sale of firearm or ammunition
43BRestriction on sales of ammunition
44Selling or supplying pistol or restricted weapon to person who does not hold permit to possess
44AOffence to sell or supply prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
44BOffence to sell or supply prohibited part
45Carrying or possessing firearms, etc, except for lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose
46Carrying of imitation firearm, except for lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose
47Being in charge of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon while under the influence of drink or drug
48Discharging firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon in or near dwellinghouse or public place
49Using, discharging, or carrying certain firearms except for some lawful, proper, or sufficient purpose
49AUnlawful possession of firearm, prohibited magazine, prohibited part, or airgun after revocation of firearms licence
50Unlawful possession of pistol or restricted weapon
50AUnlawful possession of prohibited firearm
50BUnlawful possession of prohibited magazine
50CUnlawful possession of prohibited part
50DUnlawfully carrying or possessing prohibited firearm in public place
51Unlawful carriage or possession in public place of firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon
51APresenting prohibited firearm at other person
52Presenting firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon at other person
53Careless use of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon
53AUse or attempted use of prohibited firearm to resist or prevent arrest or commit offence
54Use or attempted use of firearm, etc, to resist or prevent arrest or commit offence
54ACarrying prohibited firearm with criminal intent
55Carrying firearm, etc, with criminal intent
55AOffence to assemble prohibited firearm
55BOffence of failing to produce firearm, etc, on demand or to permit inspection of firearm, etc
56Obstruction of member of Police
57Offences committed by corporations
58Reporting of injuries caused by firearms, airguns, pistols, or restricted weapons
59Unsafe firearms or pistols
59ASurrender by licensed dealer of firearms, etc
59BVoluntary delivery to Police of firearms, etc
[Repealed]
60Search of suspected persons and seizure of firearms, airguns, pistols, imitation firearms, restricted weapons, ammunition, or explosives [Repealed]
60ASearch of suspected persons and seizure of firearms in cases of domestic violence [Repealed]
61Search of land or buildings for firearms, airguns, pistols, imitation firearms, restricted weapons, ammunition, or explosives [Repealed]
62Right of appeal from official decisions
63Appeal to District Court Judge in respect of compensation
64Appeal on a question of law
65Restoration of articles seized
[Repealed]
65AInterpretation [Repealed]
65BPower to authorise foreign personal protection officer to carry and have possession of firearms, etc [Repealed]
65CPower to permit temporary importation of firearms, etc, by foreign personal protection officer [Repealed]
65DGrounds for issue of written authority or written permit [Repealed]
65EConditions of written authority or written permit [Repealed]
65FInspections [Repealed]
65GPower to revoke [Repealed]
65HExpiry of sections 65A to 65G
66Occupier of premises or driver of vehicle deemed to be in possession of firearm, airgun, pistol, imitation firearm, restricted weapon, prohibited magazine, or explosive found therein
67Liability of principal for acts of agent, etc
68Time for prosecutions not limited
69Forfeitures
70Authorising disposal of firearms, etc, detained by Police
71Protection of persons acting under authority of this Act
72Delegation of powers by Commissioner
72AService of documents
73Savings in respect of carriers and persons authorised to exercise powers of seizure
74Regulations
74AOrder in Council relating to definitions of prohibited firearm and prohibited magazine, and declaring prohibited ammunition
74BOrders under section 74A are confirmable instruments
74CRegulations providing for transitional matters
75Consequential amendment to Summary Proceedings Act 1957
76Consequential amendments to Trespass Act 1980
77Repeals [Repealed]
78Transitional provisions
Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to firearms and to promote both the safe use and the control of firearms and other weapons