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NZ Police. 2007 ‘The Firearm Safety Test.’ Arms Code, p. 41. Wellington: New Zealand Police. 1 January

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The Firearm Safety Test

You will have to study the Arms Code and to attend training on firearm safety. This course is given by NZMSC volunteer instructors acting on behalf of the Police. There is no fee for the training and test, and anyone may attend, whether or not they wish to obtain a firearms licence.

A multi-choice test is given and you must get at least 28 of the 30 questions correct. Seven of the questions are vital, relating to the seven basic rules of firearm safety. If any one of these 'compulsory' questions is answered incorrectly you could fail. However the instructor will work with you to understand where you have gone wrong.

It is not difficult to pass the test if you study the Arms Code thoroughly, rather than merely read it through. Anyone who fails the test may apply to sit again at a later date following further study of the Arms Code and attending another lecture.

If you need help to sit the test because of any special needs, discuss this with your Arms Officer beforehand.

Each applicant who passes the test is given a certificate by the firearms instructor.

You can also qualify by completing the more extensive Unit 9131 (Identify and Understand Arms Legislation and Demonstrate the Safe Use and Security of Firearms) course at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

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