Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019


Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 19th day of June 2019

The Hon Grant Robertson presiding in Council

This order is made under section 74A(e) of the Arms Act 1983


on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and


on the recommendation of the Minister of Police.


1 Title

This order is the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force on 21 June 2019.

3 Prohibited ammunition

The ammunition specified in the first column of the Schedule and described in the second column of the Schedule is declared to be prohibited ammunition.

Schedule Ammunition declared prohibited ammunition

cl 3

Tracer ammunitionProjectiles containing an element that enables the trajectory of the projectiles to be observed
Enhanced-penetration ammunitionProjectiles that have a steel or tungsten carbide penetrator intended to achieve better penetration
Armour-piercing ammunitionProjectiles intended to penetrate or perforate armour plate and ceramic armours, typically achieved through the use of hardened or specialised core materials
Incendiary ammunition (excluding flares for flare guns)Projectiles designed to provide an incendiary effect on impact with the target
Explosive ammunitionProjectiles containing a high-explosive charge that detonates on impact with or in close proximity to the target
Multi-purpose ammunitionArmour-piercing incendiary ammunition in which the incendiary compound is replaced by a high-explosive charge to provide a blast, fragmentation, and incendiary effect as well as an armour-piercing effect
Discarding-sabot ammunition (excluding shotgun cartridges)Small-diameter projectiles designed to pierce armour that are placed into a supporting plug (a sabot) and then pushed down the bore as an assembly; the sabot is stripped off when the assembly leaves the barrel
Multi-projectile ammunition (excluding shotgun ammunition)Ammunition that has the ability to fire multiple projectiles in a single shot (for example, duplex ammunition)
Chemical or biological carrier ammunition (excluding projectiles for any device designed and intended solely for any medical, surgical, veterinary, scientific, agricultural, industrial, or other similar lawful purpose)Projectiles that have the ability to carry a chemical or biological agent
Flechettes (excluding projectiles designed and intended solely for any bolt gun, stud gun, humane killer, deer net gun, nail gun, or a pistol that is part of rocket-throwing or line-throwing equipment)Lightweight, fin-stabilised projectiles, fired from a sabot, with an aerodynamic shape and small frontal area to minimise air resistance

Michael Webster,
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 21 June 2019, declares the ammunition listed in the Schedule of this order prohibited ammunition for the purposes of the Arms Act 1983.

This order is a confirmable instrument under section 47B of the Legislation Act 2012. It is revoked at the close of 30 June 2020, unless earlier confirmed by an Act of Parliament. That stated time is the applicable deadline under section 47C(1)(a) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 20 June 2019.

This order is administered by the New Zealand Police.