There are have been many changes to the NZ Firearms Legislation in the past few years, and changes continue to occur. Calls for feedback and submissions around different areas of the legislation also continue, and it is important that those of us involved in the firearms community understand and participate in this process.
Information will be added here as it becomes available to help TSNZ Members, Clubs, and Associations play their part in the changes that in the long-term will affect us all.
Consultation on proposed regulations to support the new Firearms Registry
The NZ Police is inviting public submissions on the proposed regulations to support the new legislation for the Firearms Registry.
Submissions can be made online, or by email, or by posting to the Police.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE ON 12 October 2022
Submission Updates - 21 April
Some further information and templates to help with your submissions:
TSNZ Exec Update - Wednesday 13 April 8:00pm
DISCUSSION DOCUMENT 23 MARCH - 4 MAY 2022
This discussion document sets out proposals for new Arms Regulations in relation to:
Associations, Clubs and Individuals are encouraged to review the discussion paper and submit their submission by
The closing date for submissions is 4 May 2022.
The following message was sent to Associations Secretaries on Friday 1 April. If you would like to be involved let your Secretary know.
ZOOM Meeting - Wednesday 13 April at 8:00pm
“New Zealand Police is encouraging public submissions on proposals for new regulations for shooting clubs and ranges, to help support community safety from firearms harm.”
The TSNZ Exec are inviting members:
Could Associations please select 1 - 3 representatives to attend this Zoom meeting. Although we would prefer to not limit numbers, there is a need to keep numbers at a manageable level in order to give each Association a chance for input and to ask questions.
It is then expected that the Assn representatives can report back to their clubs and members.
Please provide the Office names and email addresses of your representatives by Friday 8 April. They will then be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.
Details of the proposal can be found on the Police website:
Here is information about the new arms regulations for transporting firearms.
The regulations can be found on the Legislation website, Arms Regulations 1992 (SR 1992/346) (as at 01 February 2022) Contents – New Zealand Legislation
From 1 February 2022, there are new arms regulations around storage of firearms in vehicles and mobile homes, and carriage of firearms on public transport:
Vehicles (regulation 19B): (these rules apply to mobile homes too)
Mobile homes (regulation 19A): In addition to the above rules for vehicles, firearms and ammunition can only be stored in a mobile home or caravan if that is the firearms licence holder’s temporary or permanent home. The storage must be approved by a member of police. (Presumeably this will be done in the same manner as at-home storage is approved, ie by being visited by a vetter)
Public transport and carriage in public places (regulation 19C): Firearms carried on public transport or in public places must be unloaded, rendered inoperable, carried in a locked case or carry bag, and remain with the licence holder at all times.