CHANGES TO LAW ON PRE-CHARGE AIR RIFLES
A letter to the sporting shooter community from the New Zealand Police
As of October 15, 2010 all pre-charged pneumatic air rifles (excluding airguns used in air soft and paintball sports) will be defined as a class of especially dangerous airguns and will therefore be subject to the firearms licensing requirements set out in the Arms Act 1983.
These types of airguns are capable of causing serious injury or death. They are increasingly becoming the weapon of choice for violent criminals who own and use them without having to undergo the rigorous background checks required for a firearms licence. They have been used in two homicides in this country.
Classifying these air rifles as specially dangerous airguns will ensure that they are subject to the firearms licensing regime.
This means that owners must be fit and proper persons to own a PCP air rifle, have minimum storage arrangements, and complete safety training. This also allows Police to work with Customs to control the importation of PCP air rifles.
Owners of PCP air rifles who do not have a firearms licence will be given three months (until 14 January 2011) to either:
- obtain a firearms licence, or
- dispose of the air rifle by either:
- selling or giving it to someone with a firearms licence (including a licensed dealer), or
- handing it in to Police (without compensation).
Target shooters who use PCP air rifles will need to either:
- apply for a firearms licence, or
- arrange for appropriate supervision, and storage, from a member of an organised shooting club.
To find out how to apply for a firearms licence go to http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms which sets out this process and the cost.
New Zealand Police are taking an educative approach to this change. As well as allowing three months for airgun owners to comply with the changed legislation, we will also be advertising the changed rules in appropriate magazines and on the Trade Me website.
The information contained in this letter is also available on line at www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms. We would appreciate if you would pass this information on to your members.
If you have any questions please contact your local Police arms officer.
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