44AA Unlawful sale or supply of pistol carbine conversion kit

(1)

A person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years, or to a fine not exceeding $30,000, if the person sells or supplies a pistol carbine conversion kit to any person other than a person who is authorised—

(a)

by a permit issued under section 18AA for the purposes of section 16(1)(d) to bring or cause to be brought or sent into New Zealand that pistol carbine conversion kit; or

(b)

by a permit issued under section 35AAA to possess that pistol carbine conversion kit.

(2)

It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) if the defendant proves that they took reasonable steps to ascertain whether the person to whom they sold or supplied the pistol carbine conversion kit was the holder of a permit of the kind described in subsection (1)(a) or (b).

(3)

It is also a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) if the defendant proves—

(a)

that the pistol carbine conversion kit was supplied to a person (A) for use—

(i)

on a certified pistol range; and

(ii)

under the immediate supervision of another person (B) who holds a firearms licence that bears an endorsement made under section 30 permitting B to possess a pistol; and

(b)

that, at all times while A was in possession of the pistol carbine conversion kit, A was—

(i)

on a certified pistol range; and

(ii)

under the immediate supervision of B.

Section 44AA: inserted, on 25 June 2020, by section 72 of the Arms Legislation Act 2020 (2020 No 23).