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New Zealand. 2010 ‘Implementing the International Tracing Instrument - Brokering Activities..’ 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) (A9), p. 10. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations. 1 February

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9. Has your Government developed adequate national legislation or
administrative procedures to regulate brokering activities? (UNPoA - Section II,
para 14)

There are few arms brokers based in New Zealand and there are no specific
controls on brokering although as brokers are considered to offer firearms for
sale they are included within the regulations covering firearms dealers. No
person is allowed to set up business selling, or manufacturing for sale, firearms, airguns, pistols or restricted weapons without a licence issued by the Police.

Those licences must be endorsed to allow possession of pistols, military-style
semi-automatic (MSSA) firearms or restricted weapons if the business concerned deals in those items.

Examples of the controls on dealers' activities include:
- penalties for illicit dealing activities include: employees and agents of
dealers must be firearms licence holders and those licences must also be endorsed if in the course of their duties they are to come into possession of pistols, MSSA firearms or restricted weapons;
- dealers must keep records of all firearms coming into their possession and details of transfers to customers;
- provision for Police audit of dealers' records; and
- ensuring that firearms are securely stored.
- three months' imprisonment or a fine of up NZ$1,000 or both for selling a firearm to an unlicensed person or dealer;
- a fine of up to NZ$1,000 for supplying ammunition to someone who is not a holder of a firearms or dealers licence; and
- three years' imprisonment or a fine of up to NZ$4,000 for selling or supplying a pistol, MSSA firearm or restricted weapon to a person who doesn't hold a permit to import/procure that weapon.

Officials are currently investigating the possibility of creating stand alone export controls legislation. Such legislation would seek to include express controls on brokering activities.

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