Firearms Licence Extensions due to Covid 19
Hon Poto Williams
Minister of Police
7 October 2021
Firearms licence extensions granted to those affected by COVID-19 delays
New Arms Act amendments enacted today gives extensions to existing firearms licence holders whose renewals have been delayed by this year’s COVID-19 lockdown, says Minister of Police Poto Williams.
“This is a necessary regulation that supports firearms licence holders caught out by COVID-19 Alert Level changes and unable to progress their renewals during this time. This reflects similar enactments which followed the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown,” said Poto Williams.
“The extensions only apply to licence holders have already been through the Police firearms vetting process, so only to licence holders who Police are already aware of.
“I want to reiterate - it is illegal to possess, procure or use a firearm without a valid licence. It is a privilege, not a right, to own or use a gun in this country.”
The extensions apply to licence holders with expiring firearms or dealer licences (and their respective endorsements and conditions), if renewal dates land in the following situations:
All affected firearms licence holders are being advised of these extensions. Anyone whose licence renewal falls outside of these dates are not covered by these extensions.
While these extensions will not be accompanied with an updated firearms licence card, NZ Police will be launching an online Firearms Online Licence Checker over the next month. The Online checker will allow firearms licence holders to present their expired licence card to a dealer, who can check the Police firearms licence database to confirm an extension has been issued.
Police are currently modernising processes around the Arms Act, to ensure that only people who are fit and proper are able to access, possess, and use firearms. Police will continue to improve these processes to ensure an effective, efficient and responsible regulator service for the firearms community, and the rest of New Zealand, to keep everyone safe.
Further regulatory changes are expected in the firearms safety space, over the next year.
Further information is available on the Police website here: www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety.
Posted: Thu 07 Oct 2021