Ordering Airsoft Guns Online Non Face To Face – The Law

A Mail order form is required with any airsoft gun purchase made via the phone, mail order or online. This is required by law since November 2015.

Airsoft Trader will not be held responsible for any users failing to comply with this law.

Definition: The term “Mail Order” is to be taken to apply to any sale / transfer (supply) of firearms, airguns or ammunition which does not take place face to face. It includes any transaction where the seller is unable to view and handle the purchaser’s (receiver’s) physical firearms licence (or evidence of age in the case of airguns) and to simultaneously compare the photo likeness to the person. It applies to sales arranged over the internet, for example, as well as to transactions by physical mail.

How to apply for verification of a firearms license, a written (purchase order) or proof of age.

The following process relates to the non-face to face transfer (sale or supply) of standard sporting rifles and shotguns (“A-cat firearms”), ammunition, and airguns. Restricted firearms (pistols, MSSA firearms and restricted weapons) have their own process (permit to procure and the issuing of an endorsement for the firearm).

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Step 1: Take a completed form into the Police Station:

Use the Police mail order on-line form, or a form provided to you by the NZ Police and deliver it in person once completed. The accepting Police Member will:

  • Check that you have supplied sufficient information, otherwise verification will not proceed.

For firearms and ammunition sales, this includes enough detail for Police to identify the seller / supplier. A minimum of their firearms licence number, first name and surname (or the licensed firearms dealer name which matches the licence number), and an exact description of the goods.

  • Verify your details on the form with your firearms licence card and the police licence database.
  • Forward the form to the District Arms Officer for completion and transmission direct to the retailer.

Step 2: The District Arms Officer will then:

  • Verify the seller’s details.
  • Verify your details.
  • Verify your delivery address – if the address is different on the form in comparison to your firearms licence record, the form will not be completed until Police has carried out the appropriate residential security checks.
  • Verify that you do not have any convictions or incidents which have occurred since your licence was issued that will influence your status as a “fit and proper person”.
  • Endorse the Form. PAGE 3 OF 3 S. 43A Guide for Applicants Mail Order Sales: November 2015 Step 3: If you meet all of the requirements of the Arms Act 1983, the Police will email your form direct to the seller*.

*NB: Only a “Police Form” from a Police email address, or the original, certified by the Police District Arms Officer and mailed direct to the seller, will satisfy the Arms Act requirement for the seller to take reasonable steps to ascertain whether you are a holder of a firearms licence, or in the case of an airgun, are of or over the age of 18 years.

Ask the Police Arms Officer at your nearest district police station for further advice if required.

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