Reprint as at 1 January 2016

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
3Act to bind the Crown
4Power to declare weapons to be restricted weapons or specially dangerous airguns
5Dealers to be licensed
6Dealer’s licence to be personal to holder
7Place of business
7AGun shows
8Duration of dealer’s licence
9Revocation of dealer’s licence
10Restriction on possession of pistol 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, and restricted weapons held by licensed dealers
14Disposal of firearms, ammunition, airguns, pistols, 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, starting pistols, restricted airguns, or restricted weapons, or parts of firearms, starting pistols, or restricted weapons without permit
17Burden of proof
18Issue of permits to import firearms, parts of firearms, or restricted airguns
18AExpiration of permits to import firearms, starting pistols, restricted airguns, or restricted weapons, or parts of firearms, starting pistols, or restricted weapons
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
27ADomestic 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 military style semi-automatic firearm
30BPower to make endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearm
31Possession of firearm, pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon for stage, film, or television purposes
32Conditions of endorsements
33Revocation of endorsements
33AConditions of endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearms
33BRevocation of endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearms
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 procure pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon
36Offence to carry pistol or restricted weapon without authority
37Surrender of restricted weapon
38Removal of pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon out of New Zealand
39Loss, theft, or destruction
40On demand by Police person in possession of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon to give name, address, and date of birth
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
43AMail order sale of firearm or ammunition
43BRestriction on sales of ammunition
44Selling or supplying pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon to person who does not hold permit to import or to procure
45Carrying or possession of firearms, airguns, pistols, restricted weapons, or explosives, 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 or airgun after revocation of firearms licence
50Unlawful possession of pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon
51Unlawful carriage or possession in public place of firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon
52Presenting firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon at other person
53Careless use of firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon
54Use or attempted use of firearm, airgun, pistol, imitation firearm, restricted weapon, ammunition, or explosive to resist or prevent arrest or commit offence
55Carrying firearm, airgun, pistol, imitation firearm, restricted weapon, ammunition, or explosive with criminal intent
56Obstruction of member of Police
57Offences committed by corporations
58Reporting of injuries caused by firearms, airguns, pistols, or restricted weapons
59Unsafe firearms or pistols
[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, 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
74AOrders relating to military style semi-automatic firearms
74BCertain orders relating to military style semi-automatic firearms are confirmable instruments
75Consequential amendment to Summary Proceedings Act 1957
76Consequential amendments to Trespass Act 1980
77Repeals
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