Arms Regulations 1992

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Reprint as at 21 March 2019

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 official 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
2AProvisions for making applications, etc, electronically through Internet site
2BGeneral qualification on provisions for making applications electronically through Internet site
3Application for dealer’s licence
4Place of application [Revoked]
5Form of dealer’s licence [Revoked]
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
10Applications for permits to import firearms, pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, starting pistols, restricted airguns, restricted weapons, or parts
11Place of application [Revoked]
12Identification numbers
13Notification of importation
14Applicant for firearms licence must undergo course of training and pass tests
15Supply of particulars for firearms licence
16Manner of application
17Form of firearms licence [Revoked]
18Action on death of licensee
19Conditions relating to security precautions
20Exemption from section 20
20AManner of applying for endorsement in respect of pistol or restricted weapon
20BManner of applying for endorsement in respect of military style semi-automatic firearm
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 [Revoked]
23AManner of applying for permit to procure
24Application for permit to procure pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted weapon
25Place of application
26Delivery of permit in writing in hard copy form
26ADelivery of permit through Internet site
27Identification numbers
28Security precautions in relation to pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, and restricted weapons
28AApplications, etc, in electronic form must comply with other prescribed requirements
28BCommissioner may prescribe, approve, and require use of forms, etc
28CCommissioner may direct who may issue licences, etc, and grant endorsements
28DExclusion from section 50(1) of Act for reclassified MSSAs delivered to Police or sold or otherwise disposed of in accordance with Act
29Inspection of pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms, and restricted weapons
29AEndorsement on mail order for sale of firearm or ammunition
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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