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Old 02-26-2018, 03:03 AM
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Hi, as per the title, does anyone from NZ know if it is legal to own Ballistic body armour, (Including helmets), in NZ?

I'm looking to move back to NZ, from the UK, and would like to bring my stuff back with me. I have a couple of sets of body armour with plates, plus a couple of Gentex style helmets. All are Level IIIA. They would be coming over in a shipping container with the rest of my possessions but I wouldn't want to surprise customs with anything that may be illegal.

I have done a small amount of research so far and came across the Arms Amendment Bill (No 3) but it's from 2005, part of it states,

'There are some new offences relating to the possession for illegal purposes of body armour designed for protection against firearm projectiles. There are increases to some of the maximum penalties under the Arms Act, and a new order of the court is established, applicable to many of the offences in the Arms Act, which is the suspension of a firearms licence, a dealerís licence, or an endorsement on a firearms licence'.
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/hans...-first-reading

Do you think that means they're not saying you can't have it but if you wear it during some sort of criminal activity then you're liable for even more punishment than if you had none on at all??

I'd never really thought about any implications with bringing that stuff back to NZ but after emailing NZ Firearms about bringing a deactivated weapon to NZ, and being told it's a no go unless you have a NZ firearms certificate with an importers endorsement (You don't need anything in the UK to own a deactivated weapon), I got thinking about the body armour and helmets I wanted to bring back and started to worry that I won't be able to.

I could always email the same place I asked about the deactivated weapon I guess, but thought I'd ask here first.

Cheers in advance for any information
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:37 AM
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You are better off asking on NZ firearms forums. The Americans tend to troll this forum whenever we post about laws so no one bothers posting here anymore.

http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi is probably the biggest NZ hunting forum they have. Gun dealerships and safari operators usually have a better idea of real application of laws than the police, you should be able to find some on that site.
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You are better off asking on NZ firearms forums. The Americans tend to troll this forum whenever we post about laws so no one bothers posting here anymore.

http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi is probably the biggest NZ hunting forum they have. Gun dealerships and safari operators usually have a better idea of real application of laws than the police, you should be able to find some on that site.
ive had to do a bit of research on taking my armor to various countries. your best option would be to call an attorney or a police dept in NZ or both and just ask generic questions about the laws regarding body armor
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ive had to do a bit of research on taking my armor to various countries. your best option would be to call an attorney or a police dept in NZ or both and just ask generic questions about the laws regarding body armor
Its probably the opposite actually. Police have only a passing grasp of the laws, and even less interest. A firearms aware attorney in NZ will be hard to find. Reputable gun dealers and the larger safari operators will have the best grasp on security products and procedures as they are exercising them all the time for clients. In particular predicting what the import/customs departments are doing at the time, as they often operate under their own interpretation of laws or lack thereof.
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No laws against it, and is commonly sold and imported everywhere here.
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Where are they available for purchase and what price range
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