Reprint as at 1 July 2017

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 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
3Application for dealer’s licence
4Place of application
5Form of dealer’s licence
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
10Permits to import firearms, pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, starting pistols, restricted airguns, or restricted weapons
11Place of application
12Identification numbers
13Notification of importation
14Applicants to undergo theoretical test
15Supply of particulars for firearms licence
16Place of application
17Form of firearms licence
18Action on death of licensee
19Conditions relating to security precautions
20Exemption from section 20
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
24Application for permit to procure pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon
25Place of application
26Delivery of permit
27Identification numbers
28Security precautions in relation to pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, and restricted weapons
29Inspection of pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, and restricted weapons
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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