Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
New Zealand. 2008 ‘Unlawful Carriage or Possession in Public Place of Firearm, Airgun, Pistol, Ammunition, Explosive, or Restricted Weapon.’ Arms Act 1983 No. 44; Section 51 (Reprint 2008). Wellington: Parliamentary Counsel Office. 1 October
51 Unlawful carriage or possession in public place of firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon
(1) Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to both who, except for some lawful purpose, —
(a) carries in a public place; or
(b) has in his possession in any public place - any firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon.
(2) In any prosecution for an offence against subsection (1), in which it is proved that the defendant was carrying in any public place or had in his possession in any public place any firearm, airgun, pistol, ammunition, explosive, or restricted weapon, the burden of proving the existence of some lawful purpose shall lie on the defendant.