The national government introduced a Firearms Amendment Bill (No. 2) in 1999, its last year in office, to implement the recommendations, and the bill was backed by the new Labour government. After the considerable weight of the briefs presented against the bill during its study in special committee, the government was convinced that the changes were unnecessary and difficult to implement. Due to opposition, the bill was withdrawn. The government then introduced a significantly reduced weapons amendment bill (No. 3), which increased penalties for the distribution, manufacture and use of illegal weapons. He has been on the special committee since 2005, and the government has shown no sign of moving forward. In March 2012, an agenda was adopted for a second reading of the Weapons Amendment Bill (No. 3).  Anyone who purchases firearms or ammunition privately or from a dealer must present their firearms licence. In addition, a supply permit must be obtained prior to the transfer of pistols, semi-automatic military weapons and restricted weapons. The sale can be made by mail order, but a police officer must sign the purchase order to verify that the buyer has a firearms licence.
Previously, New Zealand allowed the possession of military-style semi-automatic weapons, which it calls MSSA, and a loophole in the law allowed many people to buy them without a special license. [ref. needed] The discrepancy exists because MSSAs are classified according to their parts, so minor changes may mean that an MSSA can be purchased with a regular license (Rosie Perper).  The Thorp inquiry found that no reliable information was available to answer basic questions about the number and type of firearms possessed, used, traded, sold, lost, stolen or destroyed by the military; persons who legally or illegally possess and use firearms; the surrender, withdrawal or refusal of firearms licences; compliance with new licences; firearms offences; and the cost of managing licensing and enforcement.  Anyone attacked has the legal right to use force to protect themselves (including lethal force when circumstances warrant). The level of force used must be proportionate to the threat and not excessive. For example, if someone attacks with a knife or gun, people can use lethal force if necessary. The law also allows for the use of force to prevent someone from breaking into a person`s home. The National Shooters Association is a national association of civilian firearms owners that was at the forefront of a lawsuit filed in 2009 against unauthorized police interference with gun laws. Its board of directors is largely made up of former members of the Practical Shooting Institute, a predecessor group that enjoyed similar success in 1990 when it filed a lawsuit against police interference. New Zealand`s gun licence limits the reasons why a person can carry a firearm.
The legal age to own a firearm is 16. Under New Zealand law, the use, unloading or carrying of firearms, air guns or similar weapons must be used for a lawful, orderly and sufficient purpose. The person carrying, using or discharging the weapon is required to prove that the purpose was lawful, appropriate and sufficient. This requirement applies even if the person can legally possess the weapon. What exactly constitutes a legal, legitimate and sufficient objective is not defined in the law and must be proven on a case-by-case basis. Game hunting, pest and agricultural control, sports, gathering and theatre are generally acceptable purposes, but personal protection and self-defence are not. The law also created the new category of “military semi-automatic,” which, like the federal assault weapons ban two years later in the United States, primarily covered the appearance rather than functionality of weapons. These required special approval, security, and registration in the same way as pistols, but could be used anywhere Class A weapons could. However, the sale of high-performance magazines and other parts that distinguished MSSA weapons from the latter was not regulated, creating a loophole in the law that was then exploited by criminals. I want to invest in a non-lethal weapon, but for some reason stunguns and pepper spray are illegal in New Zealand.