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New Zealand. 2010 ‘Implementing the International Tracing Instrument - National Marking Practices.’ National Report of New Zealand on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA) (A1), p. 1. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations. 1 February

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A1. New Zealand National Marking Practices

There is a small domestic manufacturing base for small arms and light weapons
in New Zealand, but not to large commercial quantities. Manufacturers tend to
be in the 'custom gun' area. This includes up to 50 calibre. Guns produced in
New Zealand are marked, and there is currently an Arms Amendment Bill (No.
3) before Parliament that will make it an offence for firearms manufacturers to
"fail to place on a firearm or part of a firearm manufactured… an identifying
marking".

Pistols, military-style semi-automatic (MSSAs) firearms and restricted weapons
(prescribed by government) must be stamped with an identifying mark when
transferred from one civilian to another if the firearm in question does not
already feature such a mark.

There is no standard way in which firearms are marked in New Zealand. Generally, such weapons are marked with make, model, calibre and serial number. Marks are located in various places, and various parts can be marked differently. New Zealand Police have considered whether further approved standards for manufacturing and marking firearms could be implemented.

ID: Q1880

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