Changes to Firearms Law

New legislation amending our firearms laws which came into effect on Friday 12 April, 2019.
Police are working through what impact these changes may have on firearms license holders. The most significant change is prohibiting most semi-automatic firearms, parts, and large-capacity magazines.

Amnesty period
There is now an amnesty in place for at least six months. The purpose of the amnesty is to provide gun owners with reasonable time to notify Police that they possess prohibited items.
This period of time is also to enable some people to apply for an exemption to possess prohibited items (e.g. Dealers, Collectors and people involved in wild animal and animal pest control). The online notification form enables people to show an intent to apply for an exemption.
It should be noted, the amnesty period is not to allow for the continued use of these prohibited firearms.
During the amnesty period owners should:

Noting the above, a number of licence and/or endorsement holders may now find they are in possession of prohibited firearms, parts, or large-capacity magazines. The table below outlines what affected persons need to note or do now:

Licence / Endorsement

What's Changed

Action you need to take

What Police will do

All licence holders

You may be impacted by the law change

Continue to store your firearm/s safely and securely.
If you have a prohibited firearm, magazine or part, complete the Police Online Notification Form outlining your intent to hand in your firearm/s.
Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Police will contact you about the process for handing in your firearms once it is finalised.

Formerly E-endorsed licence holders

You are impacted by the law change. This category no longer exists

Continue to store your firearm/s safely and securely.
Complete the Police Online Notification Form outlining your intent to hand in your semi-automatic firearm/s and be part of the yet to be announced buy-back scheme.
Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Police will contact you about the process for handing in your firearms once it is finalised.

Pistols

No change

No action required

Licensing systems and processes remain as is.

Collectors

You may be impacted by the law change

Continue to store your firearm/s safely and securely.
At this stage you are not required to complete the Police Online Firearm Notification Form.
Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Police will notify you, and let you know when to complete the Police Online Firearm Notification Form.

D - Dealers

You may be impacted by the law change

Continue to store your firearm/s safely and securely.
Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Police are developing the process for you to hand in your prohibited items. We will be in contact with you in due course.

Pest controllers holding newly prohibited items

You may be impacted by the law change

Continue to store your firearm/s safely and securely.
Complete the Police Online Notification Form ensuring you tick the Pest Control box.
Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Processes for applying for an endorsement are being developed. Police will update information on its website.

Police know License holders may have questions, especially relating to a buy-back and how this will work. These details are being worked through and will be announced in due course.
Please note there is a list of questions and answers on the Police website. This list will be updated as more information becomes known.
If this news and the speed of these changes are causing anxiety or stress for you, think about getting support by calling or texting 1737 anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk it through with a trained counsellor 1737.org.nz.