Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms—Pistol Grips) Order 2013

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Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms—Pistol Grips) Order 2013

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 25th day of November 2013

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 74A(a) of the Arms Act 1983, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following order.

Order

1 Title
  • This order is the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms—Pistol Grips) Order 2013.

2 Commencement
  • This order comes into force on 11 December 2013.

3 Interpretation
  • (1) In this order, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    free-standing grip, in relation to a firearm, means a grip that,—

    • (a) is designed to be gripped by the whole or most of the trigger hand of a person firing the firearm; and

    • (b) is (if any trigger guard is disregarded) structurally connected to the firearm at only one point; and

    • (c) when deployed, protrudes from the firearm in a direction that is closer to being perpendicular to the barrel than to being parallel to it; and

    • (d) is neither—

      • (i) a thumb-hole stock; nor

      • (ii) a stock of the type commonly described as a Dragunov stock or Dragunov-style stock

    grip, in relation to a firearm, means a component of the firearm that (whether or not it is also designed to serve some other purpose or purposes) is designed to be gripped by the trigger hand of a person while the person is firing the firearm.

    (2) For the purposes of subclause (1), the direction in which the grip of a firearm protrudes from it must be determined in a general, practical sense,—

    • (a) having regard to the attitude that the trigger hand of a person firing the firearm (while gripping the grip as it is designed to be gripped) would assume while the person is firing the firearm; and

    • (b) without having regard to the shape of the grip.

4 Certain free-standing grips described as pistol grips for purposes of definition of military style semi-automatic firearm
  • For the purposes of the definition of military style semi-automatic firearm in section 2 of the Arms Act 1983, a free-standing grip of a semi-automatic firearm (other than a pistol) is a pistol grip.

 Rebecca Kitteridge,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 11 December 2013, describes a free-standing grip of a semi-automatic firearm (other than a pistol) as a pistol grip for the purposes of the definition of military style semi-automatic firearm in section 2 of the Arms Act 1983 (as amended by the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act 2012).


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 28 November 2013.

This order is administered by the New Zealand Police.