Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019

Reprint as at 20 December 2019

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019

(LI 2019/137)

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 19th day of June 2019

The Hon Grant Robertson presiding 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.

This order is administered by the New Zealand Police.

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.

Order: confirmed, on 20 December 2019, by section 9 of the Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Act 2019 (2019 No 82).

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 cartridges and rimfire cartridges loaded with shot)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

Schedule: amended, on 18 October 2019, by clause 4 of the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Amendment Order 2019 (LI 2019/248).

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 20 June 2019.

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019 that incorporates all the amendments to that order as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status

Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Act 2019 (2019 No 82): section 9

Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Amendment Order 2019 (LI 2019/248)