Club Approvals and Range Certification
It is important that you read all the information below.
Firstly, Mike McIlraith, the Director Partnerships of Te Tari Pūreke (Firearms Safety Authority) has provided more guidance on the Police Club Approval process.
Section 38C of the Arms Act 1983 now requires any club that supplies firearms or ammunition to be registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. This section applies to a small-bore club when youth groups or other shooters are being supplied ammunition and firearms. With many small-bore clubs being located in provincial and rural New Zealand he is advised that a number of small bore clubs do not have 10 or more members and are therefore not able to meet the Incorporated Society Act requirements.
Note that any new or re-registered Incorporated Societies, doing so prior to October 2023, must do so under the original Act(1908) rules which requires 15 members.
He states that on receipt of an application form (for Club Approval) from a club without 10 or more members the Te Tari Pūreke Clubs and Ranges team will work with the club to understand their individual circumstances. Where the only gap in the application for club approval is less than 10 members, the Clubs and Ranges team will discuss with the club what a reasonable period would be to grow their membership. Once a timeframe has been agreed the decision on the application will be deferred, thereby enabling the club to continue operating.
The key here is getting existing clubs that fall into the category above to apply. Once applications are received, they can keep operating and the Clubs and Ranges team will work with them on next steps.
Also, TSNZ is in the process of clarifying the situation of Clubs amalgamating with a new name (not one of the existing Clubs name). Hopefully, the resultant club or organisation is NOT classed as a new entity so the shooting activity can continue post 24th June.
The Police response is to get the applications in and the Clubs and Ranges team will work on the way forward.
Remember that all Clubs MUST apply for Club Approval regardless of their size and incorporated state, unless their Association is going to be the "Approved Club".
Thanks to the work done by Ross Mason and Val Wadsworth, an updated version of the guide for the required Range Standing Orders has been released for the use of a Shooting Range Operator and the Range Inspectors.
Two documents are attached, the file "TSNZ ABC MRC Range Standing Orders Guide 230316.pdf" is a guide with added explanations re the target positioning. The second document is "ABC MRC Range Standing Orders V3.docx" is the template document that is required to be completed by the Shooting Range Operator with the help of the Range Inspector, as part of the Certification application.
PLEASE use these documents rather than any older versions you may have.
Clubs and Ranges Regulations
Note the definition of a shooting Club. This includes Clubs, Associations and TSNZ
“A shooting club is a voluntary association of people who act according to a set of written rules, and take part (or intend to take part) in shooting activities on a regular basis. In this context shooting activities means using a firearm to shoot at targets that aren't living, whether those targets are fixed or moving. Paintball shooting and airsoft shooting are not included in shooting activities.”
Police Range Inspections - What Clubs have to do
Ross Mason - 19 October 2022
Clubs should now be very aware that ALL TSNZ ranges need to be reinspected and a completed application for Range Certification be sent to Police by 24 June 2023.
Here is a list of the things that all Shooting Range Operators (SRO) need to do:
All Shooting Clubs have be approved by 24 Jun 2023. Sadly, there are no regulations out and this will have to be worked out early next year. TSNZ Shooting Clubs should all have a constitution. If Clubs are going to buy and sell ammunition for the benefit of the members, then they will need to become Incorporated Societies. At this time, Clubs should get their constitutions sorted but wait until early 2023 for further information.
Once it looks like the application will be accepted, the next step will be certification. Police will process and keep the application at this point. But…… The Regulations have not been finalised as of 19 October. It is expected they will be out by the end of this year. These will also include Fees for the Certification of the Range. Once published, there may be modifications to the application. Since 90% of the process has occurred it is expected these will be easily accommodated.
From the Police Website:
“Once the required content, process and fee for application are set out in regulations, and when the regulations come into force, Police will contact the Shooting Range Operator to discuss how to make a formal application. If the application is approved the Shooting Range Operator will receive a certificate for each certified range.”
It is important to note that at the time the application is forwarded to Police, all forms must accompany the application. Merely applying is not sufficient.
Failure to supply a completed application by 24 June 2023 will mean the range is not certified and shooting must cease until certification is approved.
Collectively we have some work to do. Together we can achieve it.
Range Certification Update - Steve O'Donnell - 12 October 2022
The new Arms Legislation requires all shooting range operators to have submitted their certification application by 23rd June 2023, or they will not be able to continue shooting on the range until the range is fully certified.
The application MUST include the Shooting Range Inspectors (SRI) report and the Range Standing Orders.
We currently have approximately ten qualified TSNZ-focussed SRI’s to cover all our ranges before June 2023.
It is URGENT that all Associations and Clubs get their ranges inspected and the application process started.
Ross Mason is a long-time TSNZ Member from Upper Hutt, and is also a member of the Police Range Certification Engagement Group.
Ross has been assisting to write the Police Range Manual and to recruit Shooting Range Inspectors,
and will be regularly updating TSNZ on the progress of the new Clubs and Ranges Certification process.