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You may only possess an airgun if: • you are 18 years of age or over • if you are 16 or 17 years of age and you hold a firearms licence • or, if you are under 18 years and don’t have a firearms licence, you may only use an airgun under the immediate supervision of a person who fits the criteria above. Immediate supervision, means being able to take control of the airgun you are supervising.

You may only provide or sell an airgun to: • someone who is 18 years of age or over • someone who is 16 or 17 years of age and holds a firearms licence • or, if you are under the age of 16, you may only use an airgun under the immediate supervision of a person who fits the criteria above. Immediate supervision, means being able to take control of the airgun you are supervising.

You may only possess an airgun for lawful, proper and sufficient purpose. You may only use an airgun in a safe place. If using it for target shooting there will be a backstop behind the target that stops any pellets. When using an airgun you must take care not to injure or kill any person, or damage any property. You may use an airgun only in places where you have the permission of the controller of that place. If Police consider you are not fit and proper to have an airgun, they may issue a notice requiring you to surrender any airgun you have. If the airgun looks like a pistol, restricted weapon or MSSA it is a ‘restricted airgun’. You need a special reason and permit from Police to import. Once in NZ it can be used and possessed like any airgun. If the airgun is a pre charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle a firearms licence is required.

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