Deadline to meet licence changes for museums holding firearms

Following changes to the Arms Act in 2020, museums now need a Dealer’s Licence to collect, hold and display firearms. Applications must be made before Monday 23 August to continue storing or displaying firearms legally. Renewal of your Dealer’s Licence will be an annual requirement.

Police have advised that as long as your Dealer’s Licence application is in before the 23 August deadline, you will not be breaking the law.

Hugh Gully shooting goats, 1888, New Zealand, by John Gully. Gift of Terence Inwood on behalf of the Inwood family, 1995. Te Papa (1995-0019-1)

The changes to the Arms Act which came into effect in June 2021 are detailed on the Police website

This requirement impacts many museums across New Zealand, as firearms often have historic significance to our communities. It’s essential to ensure your organisation is licensed correctly and meets safety and security requirements for any firearms it holds.

Museums Aotearoa have hosted several sector zui with NZ Police to discuss these requirements. Following these discussions the NZ Police have provided a Q&A sheet to provide specific sector support and guidance.

Check out the Firearms Licensing Q&A and zui on the Museums Aotearoa website.

Firearm collection records

All museums that hold firearms should check that your collection records capture all of the information required for a Dealer’s Licensing application. This will ensure that the correct information is provided as part of your Dealer’s Licence application.

Examples of the information required, using either a collection management system (Vernon CMS in this example) or a spreadsheet, are provided below, thanks to the NZ Police Museum.

Need help?

For more information about the Dealer’s Licence requirements contact your local Arms Office and they will be able to walk you through the process.

You can also find out more on the Apply for a Dealer’s Licence page on the Police website.

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