If you intend to bring your own firearms into New Zealand, you will need to select from a list of standard firearms during the application and provide the following details:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Calibre
  • Action type
  • Ammunition type
  • Serial number

Bringing in your own firearm is limited to standard hunting rifles and shotguns, and in limited instances pistols when attending a pistol competition.


Prohibited firearms and parts

Certain firearms and parts are prohibited in New Zealand. You cannot bring these items in to New Zealand with you.

Prohibited firearms:

  • Semi-automatic firearm, excluding:
    • a semi-automatic firearm that is capable of only firing 0.22 calibre or lower rimfire cartridges; has a magazine capable of holding no more than 10 cartridges; does not have a lower receiver that can be attached to a centerfire upper receiver to result in a firearm that can function
    • a semi-automatic shotgun with a non-detachable tubular magazine or magazines that can hold more than 5 cartridges
    • a small semi-automatic pistol
  • Pump-action shotgun that can be used with a detachable magazine
  • Pump-action shotgun that has a non-detachable tubular magazine or magazines that cannot hold more than 5 cartridges
  • Centrefire pump-action rifle that can be used with a detachable magazine
  • Centrefire pump-action rifle that has one or more non-detachable magazines (tubular or otherwise) that can hold more than 10 cartridges

 

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See Sections 2A, 2B and 2C of the Arms Act 1983 for details on the firearms, magazines and parts that are prohibited in New Zealand. If you aren’t sure if a firearm or part is prohibited, refer to this guide.

 

 

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