New Zealand will have a firearms registry from 24 June 2023. If you're a firearms licence holder, you’ll be required to provide information about your arms items from this date.

Firearms Registry goes live on 24 June 2023

The Registry is one of the ways we're strengthening how we manage firearms and other arms items in New Zealand. It follows major changes to our firearms laws made after the 2019 terrorist attacks on Christchurch mosques.

With responsible firearms licence holders doing the right thing and filling in the Registry, it will make it easier to identify the small group in the community who might be in possession of firearms for unlawful or criminal purposes. Buying a firearm on the black market will become more difficult.

So the Registry will help us make New Zealand safer.

It will also give licence holders more confidence when buying or selling firearms, as the Registry will let you know if you're dealing with a current licence holder and if the firearm has been reported stolen.

Our technology, processes and people will protect your privacy and security

We recognise that how we manage and protect personal information is important for maintaining your trust and confidence in us. 

Find out how we're protecting your privacy and security


When to register your arms items

If you’re a firearms licence holder, you can provide information for the Firearms Registry from 24 June 2023. In some circumstances, you must provide information for the Registry within a specific time frame. 

Find out when you need to register

What you must record in the Firearms Registry

You must provide information about any firearms, restricted weapons, major firearm parts, prohibited magazines or pistol carbine conversion kits in your possession.  

Find out what you need to register

What the Firearms Registry means for dealers

The requirement for firearms dealers to register their stock holdings will be phased in over the next 2 years. Record-keeping requirements are changing from 24 June 2023.

Find out what dealers need to do



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