Reprint as at 1 January 2014

Arms Act 1983

Public Act1983 No 44
Date of assent29 November 1983
Commencementsee section 1(2)

Note

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

1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind the Crown

4 Power to declare weapons to be restricted weapons or specially dangerous airguns

Licensed dealers

5 Dealers to be licensed

6 Dealer's licence to be personal to holder

7 Place of business

7A Gun shows

8 Duration of dealer's licence

9 Revocation of dealer's licence

10 Restriction on possession of pistol or restricted weapon by licensed dealer

11 Dealers and their employees and agents to hold firearms licences

12 Record of dealings by licensed dealers

13 Seizure of firearms, ammunition, airguns, pistols, and restricted weapons held by licensed dealers

14 Disposal of firearms, ammunition, airguns, pistols, and restricted weapons of dealer whose licence is revoked

15 Offence for licensed dealer to carry on business following revocation of his licence

Importation of firearms

16 Offence to import firearms, starting pistols, restricted airguns, or restricted weapons, or parts of firearms, starting pistols, or restricted weapons without permit

17 Burden of proof

18 Issue of permits to import firearms, parts of firearms, or restricted airguns

18A Expiration of permits to import firearms, starting pistols, restricted airguns, or restricted weapons, or parts of firearms, starting pistols, or restricted weapons

18B Samples

19 Seizure of illegally imported items

General restrictions on possession of firearms and airguns

20 Restrictions on possession of firearms

21 Restrictions on possession of airguns

22 Exemptions

Firearms licences

23 Application for firearms licence

24 Issue of firearms licence

25 Duration of firearms licence

26 Production of firearms licence

27 Revocation and surrender of firearms licence

27A Domestic violence and firearms licences

28 Effect of revocation or surrender of firearms licence

29 Application for endorsements in respect of pistol or restricted weapon

30 Power to make endorsement in respect of pistols or restricted weapons

30A Application for endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearm

30B Power to make endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearm

31 Possession of firearm, pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon for stage, film, or television purposes

32 Conditions of endorsements

33 Revocation of endorsements

33A Conditions of endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearms

33B Revocation of endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearms

34 Notification of change of address

Photographs

34A Power to require or take photographs of applicants

34B Effect of non-compliance with requirements in relation to photographs or to calling-in of licences

Permits to procure pistols and restricted weapons

35 Issue of permit to procure pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon

36 Offence to carry pistol or restricted weapon without authority

37 Surrender of restricted weapon

38 Removal of pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon out of New Zealand

Miscellaneous obligations in respect of firearms, airguns, pistols, and restricted weapons

39 Loss, theft, or destruction

40 On demand by Police person in possession of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon to give name, address, and date of birth

41 Powers of Police to require surrender of airguns or antique firearms

Offences

42 Offences in respect of licences

43 Selling or supplying firearm or airgun to unlicensed person

43A Mail order sale of firearm or ammunition

43B Restriction on sales of ammunition

44 Selling or supplying pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon to person who does not hold permit to import or to procure

45 Carrying or possession of firearms, airguns, pistols, restricted weapons, or explosives, except for lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose

46 Carrying of imitation firearm, except for lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose

47 Being in charge of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon while under the influence of drink or drug

48 Discharging firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon in or near dwellinghouse or public place

49 Using, discharging, or carrying certain firearms except for some lawful, proper, or sufficient purpose

49A Unlawful possession of firearm or airgun after revocation of firearms licence

50 Unlawful possession of pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon

51 Unlawful carriage or possession in public place of firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon

52 Presenting firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon at other person

53 Careless use of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon

54 Use or attempted use of firearm, airgun, pistol, imitation firearm, restricted weapon, ammunition, or explosive to resist or prevent arrest or commit offence

55 Carrying firearm, airgun, pistol, imitation firearm, restricted weapon, ammunition, or explosive with criminal intent

56 Obstruction of member of Police

57 Offences committed by corporations

58 Reporting of injuries caused by firearms, airguns, pistols, or restricted weapons

59 Unsafe firearms or pistols

Search and seizure of firearms

[Repealed]

60 Search of suspected persons and seizure of firearms, airguns, pistols, imitation firearms, restricted weapons, ammunition, or explosives [Repealed]

60A Search of suspected persons and seizure of firearms in cases of domestic violence [Repealed]

61 Search of land or buildings for firearms, airguns, pistols, imitation firearms, restricted weapons, ammunition, or explosives [Repealed]

Appeals

62 Right of appeal from official decisions

63 Appeal to District Court Judge in respect of compensation

64 Appeal on a question of law

Restoration of articles seized

65 Restoration of articles seized

Foreign personal protection officers

[Repealed]

65A Interpretation [Repealed]

65B Power to authorise foreign personal protection officer to carry and have possession of firearms, etc [Repealed]

65C Power to permit temporary importation of firearms, etc, by foreign personal protection officer [Repealed]

65D Grounds for issue of written authority or written permit [Repealed]

65E Conditions of written authority or written permit [Repealed]

65F Inspections [Repealed]

65G Power to revoke [Repealed]

65H Expiry of sections 65A to 65G

Miscellaneous provisions

66 Occupier of premises or driver of vehicle deemed to be in possession of firearm, airgun, pistol, imitation firearm, restricted weapon, or explosive found therein

67 Liability of principal for acts of agent, etc

68 Time for prosecutions not limited

69 Forfeitures

70 Authorising disposal of firearms, etc, detained by Police

71 Protection of persons acting under authority of this Act

72 Delegation of powers by Commissioner

72A Service of documents

73 Savings in respect of carriers and persons authorised to exercise powers of seizure

74 Regulations

74A Orders relating to military style semi-automatic firearms

74B Certain orders relating to military style semi-automatic firearms to expire unless confirmed

75 Consequential amendment to Summary Proceedings Act 1957

76 Consequential amendments to Trespass Act 1980

77 Repeals

78 Transitional provisions

Schedule
Enactments repealed

Arms Amendment Act 1992

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