Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
New Zealand. 2007 ‘How to Apply for a Firearms Licence.’ Arms Code, p. 40. Wellington: NZ Police. 1 January
How to Apply for a Firearms Licence
4a) To obtain a firearms licence you must first apply in person to the Arms Officer at a Police premise, usually your nearest Police station, complete an application form and supply one coloured passport size (4.3mm x 3.5mm) photo of yourself. You will be required to pay the application fee at a collection agency advised by Police and present the receipt with your application. This fee is non-refundable.
The Police will check whether you are a fit and proper person to possess firearms, and ensure you can provide safe storage. They will ask for the names of two people (one your spouse, partner or next of kin) who will be interviewed about your suitability.
People who have
- a history of violence or
- repeated involvement with drugs or
- been irresponsible with alcohol or
- a personal or social relationship with people who may be deemed to be unsuitable to obtain access to firearms or
- indicates an intent to use firearms for self defence
may find it difficult to satisfy the Police that they are fit and proper to have a firearm. If you are not sure whether or not your background is suitable, discuss it with your local Arms Officer before applying.