Firearms Registry requirements apply from 24 June 2023
The first time you apply for a licence or endorsement from 24 June 2023, you must register all personally held arms items in your possession within 30 days.
Find out what the Firearms Registry means for dealers

 

What the dealer licence allows

A dealer's licence can allow you to:

  • sell, hire, lend, or supply arms items
  • possess arms items for auction
  • repair or modify arms items
  • display arms items in a museum
  • manufacture arms items for sale, hire, lending, or supply
  • manufacture prohibited parts, if your business was running before 12 April 2019
  • test and demonstrate prohibited parts, if your business was running before 12 April 2019

A dealer licence specifies which of these activities are allowed.

A dealer licence also specifies which classes of arms items you can do that activity with:

  • non-prohibited firearms
  • prohibited firearms
  • non-prohibited magazines
  • prohibited magazines
  • non-prohibited parts
  • prohibited parts
  • airguns
  • pistols
  • restricted weapons
  • pistol carbine conversion kits

We suggest you consider having more than one person from your business apply for their dealer licence. With more than one licence holder, your business can continue as usual if one of your licence holders leaves suddenly.


Dealer licence lifespan

A dealer licence lasts one year.

We recommend you apply for a new licence four months before your licence expires. If you apply for a new one before your licence expires, your business can continue as usual until you get a decision about your application. Your new licence starts when the old one expires.


Dealer Endorsements

An endorsement is a special addition to your dealer licence that can allow you to deal in: 

  • pistols 
  • pistol carbine conversion kits 
  • restricted weapons 
  • prohibited firearms 
  • prohibited magazines

An endorsement specifies the classes of arms items it allows you to deal in. If you get an endorsement, you can deal in the endorsed arms items only in your role as a licensed dealer.

You can apply for endorsements at the same time you apply for your dealer licence. When you get an endorsement to your licence, you can apply for the endorsed arms item for the necessary permit to possess or to import

Who can apply for a dealer's licence

To apply for a dealer's licence, you must:


be 16 years of age or older

have a firearms licence, or have applied for one

not be from having a firearms licence

 

You must be 18 years of age or older to apply for endorsements to deal in prohibited firearms or prohibited magazines.

Before you get a dealer licence, Te Tari Pūreke must find:


Museum directors and curators

Apply for the dealer licence if you manage, oversee, and control the display and possession of arms items in your museum’s collection.

You probably are already responsible for the collection and hold a firearms licence with the endorsement(s) as a director or curator of a bona fide museum.

 

What are the obligations of a dealer

Your business

As a dealer licence applicant, you must show you can:

  • safely and competently possess the quantity of firearms you deal in
  • deal in firearms responsibly
  • meet the requirements of the Arms Act and Arms Regulations
  • run your business with the skill and care it demands
  • oversee all the activities* of your business
  • have the right written policies and procedures for your employees
  • start and keep up the right record keeping for your business
  • oversee firearm stock responsibly

Te Tari Pūreke issues a dealer licence for specific business activities. We may amend your licence if you apply to add other activities to it. 

 

End of business

As a dealer licence holder, you must let Te Tari Pūreke know as soon as possible if either: 

  • you don't want to run your business anymore, or
  • you can't meet a condition of your licence or an endorsement anymore

You must give up your dealer licence on the day you stop running your business. 

You should let Te Tari Pūreke know you plan to stop running your business long before you do so.

Letting Te Tari Pūreke know long before your business ends makes it easier to:

  • hand over your dealer records
  • dispose of your business's arms items and ammunition 

Tell Te Tari Pūreke you plan to give up your dealer licence with the notice of surrender of dealer’s licence

 


Exporting arms items and ammunition

You must obtain an export permit before each time you take or send out of New Zealand:

  • firearms
  • parts 
  • accessories 
  • ammunition.
You need a permit whatever the item's state, completeness, or working condition.

There are exemptions for antique items, and export for repair and return.

If you are exempt from an export permit, you must have a notification of export.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade issues permits to export firearms.

Export permits and exemptions are administrated by the ministry's export controls team.


Importing arms items and ammunition

You must get an import permit before each time your overseas supplier sends arms items or ammunition to you.

Firearms licence checker
When you sell arms items or ammunition, confirm your buyer's licence is valid with the firearms licence checker


Applying to manufacture arms items

You must have the written approval of the Commissioner Police before you can manufacture: 

  • pistols 
  • restricted weapons 
  • pistol carbine conversion kits 
  • air pistol carbine conversion kits.

When you apply for approval, you must say how many of each class of arms item you plan to manufacture.

You can apply with the form application by a licensed dealer for approval to manufacture certain classes of arms items.

Your application must satisfy the Commissioner there are special reasons these items should be manufactured in New Zealand: 

  • pistols 
  • restricted weapons 
  • pistol carbine conversion kits.

The Commissioner can give you approval to manufacture air pistol carbine conversion kits only if the kits are for the personal use of members of an airsoft or paintball club affiliated with a national organisation.


Mail order and internet sales of arms items and ammunition

As a dealer licence holder, you must have hard copies of purchase orders, signed by Te Tari Pūreke, for mail orders and internet sales of:

  • non-prohibited firearms that don't require an endorsement 
  • non-prohibited magazines 
  • non-prohibited firearm parts* 
  • pistol carbine conversion kits 
  • airguns** 
  • ammunition 

Only dealers endorsed to deal in these classes of arms items can process mail orders or internet sales of: 

  • prohibited firearms 
  • pistols 
  • restricted weapons 
  • prohibited magazines 
  • prohibited parts 

The buyer of an item from these classes of arms items must have:

  • an endorsement on their licence allowing them to possess that item 
  • a permit to possess signed by Te Tari Pūreke or a member of New Zealand Police, and naming the courier that delivers the item

*Except between dealers, unless the part is the action of a firearm.  **Apart from airguns for airsoft and paintball sports. 


Selling and supplying airguns 

To sell or supply airguns, you must have a dealer licence. 

You must have a special reason to import restricted airguns for Te Tari Pūreke to give you a permit to do so. 

Dealers usually cannot import restricted airguns for resale, apart from airguns for airsoft and paintball sports. 


As a dealer's licence holder, you must keep dealer records at your place of business.

Your dealer records must include:

  • all your transactions as a dealer
  • the arms items* and ammunition you receive, sell, supply, or manufacture as a dealer.

'Supply' includes arms items you: 

  • hire out 
  • lease 
  • lend 
  • provide to a third party.

'Receive' includes arms items: 

  • returned to you by the person you hired, leased, or provided them to
  • left with you temporarily – for repair, for example.

*apart from parts that are not major firearm parts


Record keeping requirements in detail

For:

  • Purchases/acquisitions by the dealer 
  • Sales or deliveries by the dealer 

Record:

Ammunition description 

  • Type – Safety Ammunition/Other (describe)
  • Quantity acquired (of each type (rounds)) 

Arms item description: 

Firearm or Airgun, restricted weapon 

  • Type – eg rifle, pistol, shotgun, machine gun) 
  • Make 
  • Model 
  • Action type 
  • Calibre or gauge 
  • Magazine capacity (for a firearm with a non-detachable magazine) 
  • Magazine Type (note that it is below but ties the magazine type to a particular firearm) 
  • Identification Number (other than airguns unless they are a restricted airgun not used in airsoft or paintball sports) 
Magazine description
  • Type: non-detachable/detachable box/drum/belt 
  • Capacity (rounds) 
  • Identification Number (if prohibited magazine) 

Major firearm part 

identification number (unless the part is  incorporated or integrated into a firearm at time of delivery) 


For:

Purchases/acquisitions by the dealer 

Record:

If purchased / acquired from a NZ supplier: 

Date ammunition or arms item was received 

Supplier ID 

  • Dealer/Firearms licence number - including version number (unless the item is an airgun received from a person aged 18 years or older 

     

Business name/Dealer’s name/Licence holder’s name (Full name when the item is an airgun purchased by a person of or over the age of 18 years).

Names of individuals not required to be recorded if the item is surrendered to Police by the dealer within 5 working days.  

Additional or alternative information:

If imported: 

Supplier ID 

  • Seller’s full name (or company name) 
  • Seller’s address or location 

Permit to import Particulars 

  • Serial Number 
  • Issue Date 
  • Issued by QID/Office Location 
  • Date importation landed in NZ 
  • Port importation landed at 
  • Date importation reported to Police and Police reference 
  • Regulator Register Entry ID 

     

    • Transaction ID Code 
    • Register Entry Date 

    For:

    • Sales or deliveries by the dealer 

    Record:

    Date ammunition or arms item was delivered 

    Purchaser / Acquirer ID 

    • Dealer/ Firearms licence number (unless the item is an airgun purchased by a person of or over the age of 18 years and unlicensed, then record proof of ID/age - number/reference of document) 
    • Business name/Dealer’s name /Licence holder’s name (Full name when the item is an airgun purchased by a person of or over the age of 18 years and unlicensed) 
    • Address (for mail order, can only be delivered to licence holder’s licence address) 

    Permit to Possess Particulars if the item is a pistol, prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, restricted weapon, or pistol carbine conversion kit, the following details of the receiver’s permit to possess 

    • Permit Number 
    • Issue Date 
    • Issued by Police Member QID/Office Location 

    Method of delivery of the item to the purchaser 

    • Date 
    • >Method 

    For mail order sales 

    • Mail Order serial number 
    • Mail Order issue date 
    • Mail Order Police employee QID or office location 
    • Date sent to purchaser 
    • Courier/ delivery company name (put on file - proof of receipt (signature/ name from courier tracking))

    Additional or alternative information:

     Regulator Register Entry ID 

    • Transaction ID Code 
    • Register Entry Date 

    For:

    Licensed dealer who possesses an arms item for an auction 

    Record:

    Particulars of receipt as set out above 

    Additional or alternative information 

    Date and method of delivery of the item to the purchaser. 

    This replaces the recording requirements in regulation 7(4)(b) to (e) in respect of the delivery of items by dealers (ie information above regarding date and recipient of the delivery). 

    Date and place of the auction. 

    Name of the auctioneer who conducted the auction. 

    The purchaser’s: 

    • name and contact details. 
    • firearms licence number (unless the item is an airgun purchased by a person of or over the age of 18 years) 
    • permit to possess number if the item is a pistol, prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, restricted weapon, or pistol carbine conversion kit. 

    For:

    Arms hired to broadcaster, theatrical company, or cinematic, television film, or video recording production company 

    Record:

    Particulars of receipt and delivery as set out above. 

    Additional or alternative information 

    This is in addition to the regular recording requirements in regulation7(4). The dealer must record: 

    • The name and contact details of the theatrical armourer (who is supervising use of the item) and their: 
    • The theatrical armourer’s firearms licence number and the number of the relevant endorsements on the licence 
    • address of the theatrical armourer’s usual place of business 
    • the principal physical address of the broadcaster, company, society, or production company using the item 
    • duration and description of the production (The theatrical armourer must hold written consent from Police regarding the location of the site of the production and its duration). 

    For:

    Firearms and airguns supplied for shooting or hunting activities  

    This applies if a licensed dealer supplies a firearm or an airgun for use for: 

    (i) a shooting activity (for example, for use at a shooting range); or 

    (ii) a hunting activity where the licensed dealer provides commercial hunting guide services; and 

    all of the following apply: 

    (i) the firearm or airgun remains in the ownership of the licensed dealer for the duration of the activity; and 

    (ii) the firearm or airgun is returned to the possession of the licensed dealer at the end of the activity; and 

    (iii) the firearm or airgun is supplied with a quantity of ammunition or airgun projectiles as part of the cost of the activity, or the person to whom the firearm or airgun is supplied provides their own ammunition or projectiles. 

    Note that shooting activities excludes paintball shooting and airsoft shooting 

    Record:

    Particulars of receipt as set out above 

    Additional or alternative information 

    This replaces the recording requirements in regulation 7(4) in respect of the delivery of items by dealers. 

    A licensed dealer must record the following information in respect of the shooting activity: 

    • the date and place of the shooting activity. 
    • the name and contact details of all individuals participating in the shooting activity. 
    • each participant’s firearms licence number or, if a participant does not have a firearms licence, the participant’s full name and date of birth. The person providing supervision of participants must sight photographic evidence of the participant’s identity, or their firearms licence before providing them with airguns or firearms. 
    • the firearms licence number of each person providing supervision to participants using firearms or airguns without a firearms licence. 

    For:

    Airguns supplied for airsoft or paintball sports  
    If a licensed dealer hires out airguns for a specified period (a session) for use in any of following activities at a commercial sports venue (and the airguns are not taken outside of that venue): 

    • airsoft games 
    • paintball games 
    • military simulation activities. 

    Record:

    Particulars of receipt as set out above 

    Additional or alternative information 

    This replaces the recording requirements in regulation 7(4) in respect of the delivery of items by dealers. 

    For each session, the dealer must record the following information: 

    • the names of the persons issued with airguns for the session 
    • the number of airguns issued at the beginning of the session 
    • the number of airguns returned at the end of the session

    For:

    Directors and curators of museums 

    Record:

    This replaces the recording requirements for other dealers set out in regulation 7 (in respect to the receipt and delivery of firearms). 

    The dealer must record in respect of any arms items that the museum has as part of its collection, the following information:  

    • Make 
    • Model 
    • Action Type 
    • Calibre 
    • Identification Number (if any) 
    • Magazine capacity (for a firearm with a non-detachable magazine). 

    If the item is a magazine, its type and capacity and, in the case of a prohibited magazine (whether detachable or non-detachable), its identification number. 

    If the item is a major firearm part, its identification number. 


As a dealer licence holder, you must allow Te Tari Pūreke to inspect your premises at a reasonable time if you possess: 

  • non-prohibited firearms 
  • airguns 
  • non-prohibited magazines 
  • prohibited parts 
  • air pistol carbine conversion kits.

Te Tari Pūreke may inspect: 

  • these arms items 
  • the storage of these arms items 
  • the records for these arms items.

You must let Te Tari Pūreke inspect and copy your transaction records for all arms items* and ammunition. 

Te Tari Pūreke can also ask you to give other information you have about dealings with arms items** and ammunition. 

Te Tari Pūreke: 

  • checks stocks of arms items held under permits to import or possess 
  • compares stocks with police records to make sure they match.

Te Tari Pūreke usually makes a date and time for an inspection and gives at least a weeks’ notice of an inspection.

*Failure to give this information is an offence.  **Apart from parts that are not major firearm parts. 


Transporting arms items and ammunition

As a dealer licence holder, you must keep your arms items and ammunition at your place of business, unless you either: 

  • move these arms items and ammunition to the premises of a licence holder whose licence allows them to possess them 
  • have conditions on your licence allowing you to move these arms items and ammunition to another place of business, like another of your premises, a gunsmith's premises, or a gun show, or 
  • have written permission from Te Tari Pūreke to move arms items and ammunition for a specific occasion, like a theatrical production 

Testing arms items

In your dealer activities, you may fire these arms items only if it is necessary to test them: 

  • prohibited firearms 
  • pistols 
  • restricted weapons 

You must: 

  • test firearms only at a shooting range Te Tari Pūreke has certified 
  • meet the conditions Te Tari Pūreke has made

Identifying arms items you manufacture 

You must stamp, cast, or engrave an identification number on these arms items when you manufacture them: 

  • firearms 
  • pistols 
  • pistol carbine conversion kits 
  • restricted airguns 
  • blank-firing guns 
  • restricted weapons 
  • major firearm parts.

Identifying arms items you receive

If you receive one of these arms items and it does not bear an identification number, you must mark it with one no more than 30 days after receiving it: 

  • firearms 
  • pistols 
  • pistol carbine conversion kits 
  • prohibited firearms 
  • prohibited magazines 
  • restricted airguns 
  • blank-firing guns 
  • restricted weapons 
  • major firearm parts*
Te Tari Pūreke may, in writing, exempt you from meeting the requirements set out in Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 regulation 12, Identification numbers 

Te Tari Pūreke may authorise the unique identification of an arms item in a collection by other means, like:

  • stamping or engraving the identification number on a non-visible area of the frame, receiver, upper receiver, or lower receiver 
  • firmly attaching to the arms item a tag with the identification number 
If you are a bona fide collector, apply to Te Tari Pūreke in writing, showing your alternative means of identification is reasonable and right to use in this case.

You do not need to mark these items and parts: 

  • restricted airguns for airsoft and paintball sports 
  • antique firearms 
  • major firearm parts integrated with firearms with identification numbers 

What you must tell us when you apply for a dealer licence

Referees

In your dealer licence application, you must give names and contact details for

Te Tari Pūreke interviews your referees to help us decide if you are a to have a dealer licence 

You must give details for: 

  • one next-of-kin referee, 16 years of age or older
  • at least two unrelated referees, 25 years of age or older

Your next-of-kin referee: 

  • vouches for your character, not necessarily your firearms experience 
  • does not have to be a firearms licence holder or have seen you handle a firearm.

Your unrelated referees: 

  • know you well, personally and as a firearms dealer 
  • must have firearms licences and long-term experience with firearms 
  • preferably have dealer licences or experience as firearms dealers 
  • should have experience as business owners, managers, or supervisors 
  • have not been bankrupted or banned from involvement in a business in a management role.

Places of business

Te Tari Pūreke issues a dealer licence for a specific place of business. If you apply to add to your licence other places of business, we may amend it.

You can get a dealer licence that you can use at more than one place of business if there is a manager at each place of business who also holds a dealer licence.

If you want occasionally to do dealer activities at places other than the place of business specified on your dealer licence, you must get a condition on your dealer licence that allows it.

You also must get consent from Te Tari Pūreke if you want to do business at a gun show. 

Your dealer licence may allow you to hire out firearms, pistols, prohibited magazines, and restricted weapons for use by a:

  • broadcaster
  • theatre company or society
  • cinematic or television film production company
  • video recording production company

If so, these arms items may be handled at sites other than the place of business specified in your dealer licence, if certain conditions are met. 

For example, handling and of the items at that site must be supervised by a theatrical armourer who has both:

  • an endorsement permitting this
  • written consent from Te Tari Pūreke specifying the location of the site, and the duration and description of the production
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Museum directors and curators
As a museum director or curator with firearms or ammunition on public display, you must make sure:

  • they cannot be handled by members of the public
  • they are secured in a way approved by the Te Tari Pūreke

You must also make sure the firearms are made inoperable.
 


Ammunition sellers
As an ammunition seller, you must store ammunition not on display on your premises:

  • in an area not accessible to the public
  • in a locked steel box, cabinet, or safe, secured to the building, or in a strongly made steel and concrete strongroom or stout storeroom

You must store ammunition on public display on your premises in a locked, strongly made cabinet, container, or display case, secured to the building.

If the ammunition is in a locked display case, you must secure the premises against public access outside opening times.
 


Employees
You must notify Te Tari Pūreke when an to firearms and ammunition starts or stops working at any of your places of business.

You must give us the name and firearms licence number of each new employee who has access to arms items or ammunition at your premises.

Your employee’s firearms licence is linked to the record of them you give, which we include with your dealer licence.

Anyone leaving your employment must let us know they are doing so if they hold endorsements as your employee.

You must notify Te Tari Pūreke when the manager changes at any of your places of business. 

You must give us:

  • the address of the place of business
  • the date from which the manager is managing your activities at that place of business
  • the name of the manager
     

Health history

To understand if you and others will be safe if you have access to firearms, Te Tari Pūreke asks questions in your licence application about your


Criminal history

In your licence application, Te Tari Pūreke asks questions to understand if you are a: 

  • fit and proper person to have and use firearms 
  • disqualified person from having a firearms licence 

If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, we do not automatically refuse your application. However, we will probably have more questions.

If you have a criminal record when making an application under the Arms Act, you are required to say so in accordance with the clean slate scheme


Immigration status

In your licence application, if you're not a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand, Te Tari Pūreke asks questions to understand why you are in this country and how long you can stay here. 

 

Steps to applying online with MyFirearms logo

 

1.Before you begin

To access MyFirearms you'll need a RealMe® login and your mobile phone.

The fees for Dealer's licence applications are:

  • a new or renewed dealer licence is $204
  • a dealer gun show consent is $50
  • one or more endorsements, applied for at the same time, is $204

These fees include GST and are not refundable. Applying online using MyFirearms will also incur a small card payment fee

 


 

 

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Overseas firearms licences 

The authority asks if you have been granted, or refused, a firearms licence or equivalent certification to have and use firearms in another country.

We also ask if you've had an overseas firearms licence or equivalent suspended, revoked, or cancelled.

You must include in your application scanned copies or digital photos of your firearms licences or equivalents from other countries.

You must include these whether they are current or have been suspended, revoked, or cancelled.


Overseas criminal record checks

In your firearms licence application, Te Tari Pūreke asks if you have stayed in another country for more than six months in total in the last 10 years.

You must include in your application a scanned copy or digital photo of a criminal record check for each country you've stayed in for that long.

The criminal record check must be no more than two months old when you submit your application.

Immigration New Zealand has guidance about criminal record checks, also known as police certificates, from other countries. Go to Immigration New Zealand to see how to get a police certificate

If you were posted or deployed to another country as part of your work for the New Zealand government, you can use a signed letter from your commanding officer or a senior manager instead of a police certificate.

The letter is to confirm you were not charged with or convicted of a criminal offence in that country while deployed there.

Secure storage photos (Optional)

You can, if you want to, include digital photos of your secure storage to support your application.

2.Login via RealMe®

 

Follow these steps:

 

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If you do have a RealMe® login but can't remember your username or password, you can reset it by following these steps:

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Your privacy is important to us. For security reasons you only have five minutes to complete the RealMe® login to MyFirearms. RealMe® has a . We recommend you use the mobile option as its quicker.

 

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If you have any issues or questions about applying online using MyFirearms please check:

You can still complete the forms by hand and pay at NZ post shop. Go to Tools and Forms

 

Note: When you apply online, you must pay the application fee in MyFirearms before you submit the form. Do not pay the application fee at a PostShop.

 

Next steps

Once your application has been received, Police will contact you to arrange a time to interview you and your nominated .

You will be required to show Police your premises, allow us to view and copy your dealer records, security arrangements, and secure storage facilities, such as a steel and concrete room, steel cabinets, or steel safes. Te Tari Pūreke will give you notice of an inspection.

 


 

Disqualified person

If you are a disqualified person from holding a firearms licence:

  • you cannot apply for a licence
  • Te Tari Pūreke can’t consider your application

You are disqualified from holding a firearms licence if in the last 10 years you have had a protection order, other than a temporary order, made against you under the Family Violence Act 2018 or the Domestic Violence Act 1995.

You are disqualified from holding a firearms licence if in the last 10 years you have been convicted or released from custody after being convicted of offences under the:

  • Sentencing Act 2002
  • Arms Act 1983
  • Crimes Act 1961

You may be disqualified from holding a firearms licence if you have been convicted overseas for an offence involving violence, drugs, or alcohol.


Sentencing Act 2002

Any serious violent offence as defined in the Sentencing Act disqualifies you from holding a firearms licence.


Arms Act 1983

Offences under the Arms Act that disqualify people from holding a licence include:

  • importing a firearm or other arms item without a permit
  • importing prohibited ammunition
  • selling or supplying a prohibited firearm or magazine
  • unlawfully possessing a prohibited firearm
  • unlawfully carrying or possessing a prohibited firearm in a public place
  • presenting a prohibited firearm at another person
  • using or attempting to use a prohibited firearm, airgun, or other arms item to resist or prevent arrest, or to commit an offence
  • carrying a prohibited firearm, or other arms item with criminal intent assembling a prohibited firearm
  • illegally manufacturing arms items
  • illegally trafficking firearms, parts, or ammunition
  • falsifying firearm markings

Crimes Act 1961

Offences under the Crimes Act that disqualify people from holding a licence include:

  • piracy
  • slave dealing
  • participation in an organised criminal group
  • strangulation or suffocation
  • acid throwing
  • assault with a weapon
  • blackmail
  • arson
  • intentional damage
  • threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm

Fit and proper person

All firearms licences and endorsements

You must satisfy Te Tari Pūreke you are a fit and proper person to have and use firearms, or to deal in firearms.

A fit and proper person:

  • is a person of good conduct and character
  • possesses and uses firearms responsibly
  • stores firearms securely
  • abides by the laws of New Zealand

When Te Tari Pūreke assesses if you are a fit and proper person, we consider:

  • your overall character and conduct
  • information provided by you and your referees
  • information we hold or receive from any source

The Arms Act 1983 gives some circumstances in which Te Tari Pūreke may find you are not a fit and proper person to have and use firearms.

If any of these circumstances apply to you, we do not automatically refuse your application. However, we will probably have more questions.

  • You have been charged with or convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment.
  • You have been charged with or convicted of an offence under the Arms Act 1983, against section 231A of the Crimes Act 1961, or against the Game Animal Council Act 2013, the Wildlife Act 1953, or the Wild Animal Control Act 1977.
  • You have had a temporary protection order made against you under section 79 of the Family Violence Act 2018, or section 14 of the Domestic Violence Act 1995.
  • You have given grounds for a protection order under the Family Violence Act 2018.
  • You have had a restraining order made against you under the Harassment Act 1997.
  • You have not complied with the requirements of the Arms Act, regulations made under the Arms Act, or the conditions of a permit, licence, or endorsement issued to you under the Arms Act.
  • You have been a member or affiliated with a gang or organised criminal group.
  • You have exhibited, encouraged, or promoted violence, hatred, or extremism.
  • You have been assessed as a risk to national security.
  • You have a mental or physical illness or injury that affects your ability to safely possess firearms.
  • You have abused alcohol or been dependent on alcohol.
  • You have used drugs that affect your judgement or behaviour.

If Te Tari Pūreke has a reason to find you are not a fit and proper person, we tell you the reason (some exemptions apply) and give you an opportunity to refute or comment on it.


Dealer licence

For a dealer licence, a fit and proper person also:

  • has the competencies and resources to do the activities the dealer licence allows
  • understands a dealer licence holder's legal obligations
  • can give advice on the legal obligations that come with a firearms licence, a dealer licence, and the endorsements on a licence

For a dealer licence for a body corporate, a fit and proper person:

  • has a manager at each of the body corporate’s places of business
  • has record-keeping and other systems that meet the requirements of the Arms Act and Arms Regulations at each place of business

The manager at each of that body corporate's places of business:

  • holds a dealer licence
  • has oversight and control of dealer activities there

Secure storage and locations

As a firearms licence holder, you must make sure your firearms: 

  • cannot be accessed by young children 
  • are stored separately from their ammunition 
  • are secured against theft 

Secure storage addresses 

You must have secure storage at your home address and at the other addresses where you store your firearms and ammunition, like a holiday home, a business premises, or another licence holder's address. 

A mobile home, campervan, or caravan can be your home address, even if it’s a temporary arrangement. If it is your home, you must make sure it has secure storage. 

We issue a firearms licence only when an applicant has secure storage for firearms and ammunition that we have inspected and found meets requirements. 


Secure firearm storage 

To keep your firearms secured against theft, you must keep on your premises at least one type of lockable firearm storage: 

  • a cabinet, container, or strongly made receptacle 
  • a steel and concrete strongroom 
  • a display cabinet or rack in which firearms are immobilised and cannot be fired 

You must: 

  • securely fix to your premises all lockable firearm storage 
  • keep every firearm* on your premises locked, or immobilised and locked, in firearm storage 

Before Te Tari Pūreke issues or renews your firearms licence, we carry out an inspection of your secure firearm storage. 

We must approve your secure storage for your licence application to succeed. 

*Every firearm not in the immediate possession of a firearms licence holder.

Dealer licence 

In your dealer licence application, you must give details of everyone who is your business associate, or who works at your places of business. 

You also must give details of everyone who has free or unsupervised access to your premises. 

Your business associates include everyone with a financial interest or management control in your business, like company directors and senior managers. 

People who work at your places of business include your employees, like managers, salespeople, gunsmiths, and other staff members. 

Te Tari Pūreke checks these people have the right licences and endorsements. 

In your application, we ask about each of these people whether you have concerns for anyone’s safety if they have access to your business's arms items and ammunition. 

If you answer 'yes', we do not automatically refuse your application. However, we will probably have more questions. 

Employees 

You must notify Te Tari Pūreke when an employee starts or stops working at any of your places of business. 

You must give us the name and firearms licence number of each new employee who has access to arms items or ammunition at your premises. 

Your employee’s firearms licence is linked to the record of them you give, which we include with your dealer licence. 

Anyone leaving your employment must let us know they are doing so if they hold endorsements as your employee. 

You must notify Te Tari Pūreke when the manager changes at any of your places of business.  

You must give us: 

  • the address of the place of business 

  • the date from which the manager is managing your activities at that place of business 

  • the name of the manager 

Health history

In your licence application, Te Tari Pūreke asks questions to understand if you and others will be safe if you have access to firearms.

If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, we do not automatically refuse your application. However, we may have more questions.

We ask if in the last 2 years you have experienced or been treated for:

  • mental illness
  • decline in mental function
  • substance abuse or dependency
  • behaviour suggesting anger or violence, including family harm
  • drowsiness, or problems with memory and thinking, caused by illness or medication
  • seizures, dizziness, or blackouts
  • serious head injury or neurological disorder
  • thoughts, threats, or attempts of suicide or self-harm

We also ask:

  • if in the last 2 years you have experienced significant life events
  • questions about your use of alcohol and recreational drugs

Referees

All referees In your application, you must give names and contact details for referees.

Te Tari Pūreke interviews your referees to help us decide if you are a fit and proper person to have either a:

  • firearms licence
  • dealer licence,
  • or endorsement to your licence

Your referees must:

  • know you well enough to vouch for your character and fitness to possess or use firearms, or to deal in firearms
  • be available for an in-person interview with Te Tari Pūreke

Your referees may need to complete and return a questionnaire before the interview.

Te Tari Pūreke may use information it holds about them to assess their suitability to be your referees.


Next-of-kin referee

Your next-of-kin referee is your spouse or partner, if you have one.

If you don’t have a spouse or partner, your next-of-kin referee is a near relative who knows you well, like a parent, stepparent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin, or sibling.

If you don’t have a spouse or partner, or a near relative who knows you well, your next-of-kin referee is a close associate who knows you well.

If your next-of-kin referee lives overseas or has an overseas address, you must:

  • still provide their details
  • also provide details of an additional referee who lives in New Zealand and knows you well

Unrelated referee

Your unrelated referee is not:

  • your spouse or partner, or a former spouse or partner from the past five years
  • a relative, like a parent, stepparent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin, sibling, or in-law

Your unrelated referee should:

  • be someone you have regular face to face contact with
  • have known you well for a significant period of your life, at least 3 years

Your unrelated referee must not be:

  • your employee
  • employed by New Zealand Police

Your unrelated referee must:

  • live in New Zealand
  • not live at the same address as you, like a flatmate, lodger, or boarder

Endorsement referee

In your application for an endorsement to your firearms licence, you must give the name and contact details of an endorsement referee.

This endorsement referee is in addition to the referees in your firearms licence application.

Your endorsement referee must not be:

  • your relative, spouse, or partner, or a former spouse or partner from the past five years
  • your employee
  • employed by New Zealand Police
  • living at the same address as you
  • already in your endorsement or licence application

A good quality digital photo

The photo must meet the minimum requirements as set out in the Arms Regulations 1992, regulation 30, Photographs

The photo must:

  • have been taken no more than 12 months before you submit your application
  • be a full front view of your face, head, and shoulders, with your head filling most of the photo
  • be of you without a hat or head covering (unless your religion requires you to wear a hat or head covering)
  • have a plain, light-coloured background
  • be a colour photo 

Te Tari Pūreke cannot accept a scanned copy of a photo.


Passport photos from commercial outlets typically meet these requirements.

  • A digital photo must be:
  • a portrait photo, with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • in jpg or jpeg format
  • between 25KB and 10MB
  • between 900 and 4500 pixels wide, and 1200 and 6000 pixels high

We do not accept photos that do not meet these standards.

If you are submitting a paper application, you must provide two identical prints of your photo, measuring 45mm by 35mm untrimmed on good quality photo paper.

Identity documents and proof of address 

You must include in your application scanned copies or digital photos of documents that prove your identity and address. 

All identity documents must be current.  Your proof of address must less than 3 months old. 

Your proof of address is a letter or statement from an organisation like:

  • your bank 

  • your power company 

  • the Electoral Commission 

The letter is addressed to you by name at your home address. 

 


Choose option 1 or option 2 to prove your identity and address. 

Option 1 

If you have a current New Zealand firearms licence or a dealer licence 

Include scanned copies or digital photos of both: 

  • your firearms or dealer licence 

  • your proof of address 

Option 2 

If you don't have a current New Zealand firearms licence or a dealer licence 

  1. Include a scanned copy or digital photo of one of: 

  • New Zealand passport 
  • overseas passport 
  • New Zealand driver licence 
  • New Zealand Police identity card 
  • New Zealand Defence Force photo identification 
  • Kiwi Access card, 18+ 
  • identity document issued by the New Zealand government 
  1. Also include a scanned copy or digital photo of one of: 

  • birth certificate 
  • citizenship certificate 
  • permanent resident document 
  • identity document issued by secondary or tertiary institution 
  • card issued by a New Zealand bank with your full name and signature 
  • educational records or certificates 
  • professional or trade association membership certificate 
  1. Include a scanned copy or digital photo of your proof of address. 

If you are 16 or 17 and do not have the identity documents we ask for, your parent or guardian can give a written declaration to support your application. 

Otherwise, if you do not have the identity documents we ask for, call the firearms enquiry team 

If you want to submit a paper application, include copies of your original identity documents with your application. Do not send original documents. 

Medical certificate

If you answer ‘yes’ in your application to any of the questions about health conditions and treatment, you must include with your application a scanned copy or digital photo of a certificate from your healthcare provider.

The certificate should say:

  • what the health condition is
  • whether it has been resolved
  • any ongoing treatment
  • if your healthcare provider believes you are a suitable person to possess and use a firearm

Te Tari Pūreke may, in writing, exempt you from meeting the requirements set out in Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 regulation 12, Identification numbers

Te Tari Pūreke may authorise the unique identification of an arms item in a collection by other means, like:

  • stamping or engraving the identification number on a non-visible area of the frame, receiver,
  • upper receiver, or lower receiver
  • firmly attaching to the arms item a tag with the identification number

If you are a bona fide collector, apply to Te Tari Pūreke in writing, showing your alternative means of identification is reasonable and right to use in this case.

*You do not need to mark these items and parts:

  • restricted airguns for airsoft and paintball sports
  • antique firearms
  • major firearm parts integrated with firearms with identification numbers

People with access

As a licence holder, you must think of the safety of people who have access to locations where you store arms items and ammunition.

Te Tari Pūreke cannot issue a New Zealand firearms licence or dealer licence to you if someone else has access to your arms items and ammunition, who either:

  • has had their firearms licence revoked
  • is disqualified from holding a firearms licence, or
  • is not a fit and proper person to have and use firearms

In your firearms licence application, you must give details of everyone who lives or works at your home address and the other addresses where you store arms items and ammunition.

You also must give details of everyone who has free or unsupervised access to these addresses.

If you give the details of your spouse, partner, or parent as a referee, do not also give their details as people with access.

Places of business

Te Tari Pūreke issues a dealer licence for a specific place of business. If you apply to add to your licence other places of business, we may amend it.

You can get a dealer licence that you can use at more than one place of business if there is a manager at each place of business who also holds a dealer licence.

If you want occasionally to do dealer activities at places other than the place of business specified on your dealer licence, you must get a condition on your dealer licence that allows it. You also must get consent from Te Tari Pūreke if you want to do business at a gun show. 

Your dealer licence may allow you to hire out firearms, pistols, prohibited magazines, and restricted weapons for use by a:

  • broadcaster
  • theatre company or society
  • cinematic or television film production company
  • video recording production company

If so, these arms items may be handled at sites other than the place of business specified in your dealer licence, if certain conditions are met.  For example, handling and secure storage of the items at that site must be supervised by a theatrical armourer who has both:

  • an endorsement permitting this
  • written consent from Te Tari Pūreke specifying the location of the site, and the duration and description of the production

Secure storage
As a dealer licence holder, you are responsible for making sure the buildings at your places of business are structurally strong. Entry points must be strong and well maintained.
You must:

  • have secure storage appropriate to the class and number of arms items and ammunition you deal in
  • securely store arms items and ammunition 
  • immobilise firearms
  • take all reasonable measures to secure your premises from unlawful entry

New Zealand Police checks you meet the requirements for the secure storage of arms items and ammunition, and building security. You must notify us as soon as possible if you plan to alter your premises in a way that affects their secure storage. We will make a new inspection.

You must make sure firearms at your place of business are, in a way we have approved, either:

  • dismantled, made inoperable, or immobilised, so they cannot be fired, or
  • locked up in a strongly made steel box, cabinet, or safe, secured to the building, or in a strongly made steel and concrete strongroom or stout storeroom

If you remove parts from a firearm so it cannot be fired, you must lock up those parts in either:

  • a different, equally secure and strongly made steel box, cabinet, safe, or strongroom in the same premises, or
  • in a secure place in different premises

You must lock up arms items at your place of business in a secure and strongly made steel box, cabinet, safe, or strongroom:

  • pistols, apart from air pistols
  • prohibited items
  • magazines
  • restricted weapons
  • pistol carbine conversion kits
  • major firearm parts

You must secure airguns at your place of business so they cannot be easily removed.

You must store ammunition at your place of business in facilities approved by Te Tari Pūreke.
If the ammunition is not on display or being handled by a customer, you must store it in either:

  • an area not accessible to the public, in a strongly made steel cabinet or container secured to the building, or
  • a locked storeroom or strongroom

You must store ammunition on display in a locked, strongly made container or display case secured to the building.  Ammunition can be handled by a customer only under your immediate and continuous supervision, or your employee's.


Museum directors and curators
As a museum director or curator with firearms or ammunition on public display, you must make sure:

  • they cannot be handled by members of the public
  • they are secured in a way approved by Te Tari Pūreke

You must also make sure the firearms are made inoperable


Ammunition sellers
As an ammunition seller, you must store ammunition not on display on your premises:

  • in an area not accessible to the public
  • in a locked steel box, cabinet, or safe, secured to the building, or in a strongly made steel and concrete strongroom or stout storeroom

You must store ammunition on public display on your premises in a locked, strongly made cabinet, container, or display case, secured to the building.

If the ammunition is in a locked display case, you must secure the premises against public access outside opening times.
 

Second-factor authentication

Second-factor authentication verifies your identity by using:

  • your username and password (something you know),
  • your mobile phone (something you have). RealMe® will text a code number to you.

This makes your account more secure.

 

Exemption for identifying arms items.

Te Tari Pūreke may, in writing, exempt you from meeting the requirements set out in Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 regulation 12, Identification numbers

Te Tari Pūreke may authorise the unique identification of an arms item in a collection by other means, like:

  • stamping or engraving the identification number on a non-visible area of the frame, receiver, upper receiver, or lower receiver firmly attaching to the arms item a tag with the identification number

If you are a bona fide collector, apply to Te Tari Pūreke in writing, showing your alternative means of identification is reasonable and right to use in this case.

*You do not need to mark these items and parts:

  • restricted airguns for airsoft and paintball sports
  • antique firearms
  • major firearm parts integrated with firearms with identification numbers

 

 

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