Arms Regulations 1992

Reprint as at 21 June 2019

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Arms Regulations 1992

(SR 1992/346)

Catherine A Tizard, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of December 1992

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


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.

These regulations are administered by the New Zealand Police.

Pursuant to section 74 of the Arms Act 1983, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1Title and commencement
2AProvisions for making applications, etc, electronically through Internet site
2BGeneral qualification on provisions for making applications electronically through Internet site
2CPrescribed wild animals and animal pests
3Application for dealer’s licence
4Place of application [Revoked]
5Form of dealer’s licence [Revoked]
6Application in relation to gun show
7Records kept by licensed dealers
8Conditions relating to security precautions
9Power to grant exemptions in respect of security precautions
10Applications for permits to import firearms, pistols, prohibited items, starting pistols, restricted airguns, restricted weapons, or parts
11Place of application [Revoked]
12Identification numbers
13Notification of importation
14Applicant for firearms licence must undergo course of training and pass tests
15Supply of particulars for firearms licence
16Manner of application
17Form of firearms licence [Revoked]
18Action on death of licensee
19Conditions relating to security precautions
20Exemption from section 20
20AManner of applying for endorsement in respect of pistol or restricted weapon
20BManner of applying for endorsement in respect of prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine
21Application by visitor to New Zealand for endorsement in respect of pistol
22Conditions of endorsements in respect of pistols and restricted weapons
23Forms of endorsement [Revoked]
23AManner of applying for permit to possess
24Application for permit to possess pistol, prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, or restricted weapon
25Place of delivery of application in hard copy form
26Delivery of permit in writing in hard copy form where item acquired from another person
26ADelivery of permit through Internet site where item acquired from another person
26BDelivery of permit in writing in hard copy form where item already possessed by applicant
26CDelivery of permit through Internet site where item already possessed by applicant
27Identification numbers
28Security precautions in relation to pistols, prohibited firearms, prohibited magazines, and restricted weapons
28AAASecure storage of vital parts removed from prohibited firearms
28AApplications, etc, in electronic form must comply with other prescribed requirements
28BCommissioner may prescribe, approve, and require use of forms, etc
28CCommissioner may direct who may issue licences, etc, and grant endorsements
28DCommissioner may prescribe conditions on licences, etc
28EDefinitions for regulations 28F and 28G
28FExisting businesses involved in permitted supply of prohibited magazines or prohibited parts are exempt persons
28GConditions of temporary amnesty for persons possessing prohibited items before commencement
28ILimits on compensation
28JProhibited items delivered to approved licensed dealer to be surrendered to Police
28KAdministration fee payable to approved licensed dealer
28LCompensation for prohibited item delivered or surrendered to Police or forfeited to Crown
28MCompensation schedules to be issued by Commissioner
28NInformation required to be set out in compensation schedules
28OIndicators for determining condition of prohibited item to be published
28PCompensation for unique prohibited item
28QLicensed dealers required to mitigate losses
28RLicensed dealers entitled to claim compensation for prohibited items
28SAmount of compensation payable
28TNo other compensation payable
28UConverting prohibited items to non-prohibited items
28VReturn of prohibited items to supplier by licensed dealer
28WCertain provisions not to apply to approved licensed dealers, valuers, and approved gunsmiths
28XAppeal in respect of payments made under regulation 28U or 28V
28YCertain persons may possess prohibited ammunition
28ZTemporary amnesty for persons possessing prohibited ammunition
29Inspection of pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, and restricted weapons [Revoked]
29AEndorsement on mail order for sale of firearm or ammunition
30AStaff members of corrections prisons may carry or possess pepper spray
31Power to authorise carriage of firearms by officers of penal institutions [Revoked]
31AArmoury contractors may handle weapons in certain cases
31BChief of Defence Force to notify Commissioner of irregularities
31CDefence Force Orders not affected
32Replacement of lost licence, etc
34Goods and services tax included
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