Safety is our collective responsibility. It is up to every participant to ensure the future for firearms users in New Zealand. We do this by following the arms code and keeping yourself and everyone else safe while using firearms. A key part of being a safe hunter is fully understanding and mitigating the risks around firearms.
Whether it is on the range, or out in the bush, people need to be extremely aware of themselves and their surroundings at all times. People using firearms for all types of New Zealand hunting have to encounter various forms of terrain, situations and other people while carrying a deadly weapon. Whether you are new to the game or a experienced with firearms, a small lapse in concentration can be fatal.
What often goes wrong?
Other than firearms mechanically failing, preventable incidents involving firearms are most likely the result of someone breaking one of the Seven Basic Firearms Safety Rules. These rules were generated as a means for hunters to keep themselves and others safe while handling firearms and should always be followed.
Did you know?
45% of hunting-related fatalities involve a firearm.
If you see someone using firearms in an unsafe manner (putting themselves or others at risk), you have the right to tell them to stop.
To apply for/ renew a NZ Firearms Licence you first need to follow the guidelines on the New Zealand Police website. This steps you through the process and has online resources and paperwork to start you off.