Arms Act 1983

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Importation of firearms

16 Offence to import firearms, starting pistols, restricted airguns, or restricted weapons, or parts of firearms, starting pistols, or restricted weapons without permit

(1)

A person must not, otherwise than pursuant to a permit issued to the person by a member of the Police, bring or cause to be brought or sent into New Zealand—

(a)

a firearm, pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, starting pistol, restricted airgun, or restricted weapon; or

(b)

any part of a firearm, pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, starting pistol, or restricted weapon.

(2)

In this section New Zealand does not include the harbours and other territorial waters of New Zealand.

(3)

Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year or to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to both who acts in contravention of subsection (1).

Compare: 1958 No 21 s 6(1), (5), (6); 1974 No 68 s 3(a); 1976 No 151 s 3(1); SR 1959/5 r 11A; SR 1970/13 r 2

Section 16 heading: substituted, on 1 November 1992, by section 5 of the Arms Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 95).

Section 16 heading: amended, on 11 December 2013, by section 5(1) of the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 117).

Section 16(1): replaced, on 11 December 2013, by section 5(2) of the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 117).

Section 16(3): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).