Be safe on your plane – restricted weapons

If you are in possession of a restricted weapon without the appropriate licence and airline approval you may be committing a criminal offence. 

Restricted weapons can only go as checked in luggage and only when approved by your airline.

People with restricted weapons without the appropriate licence and airline approval risk missing their flights and being arrested. Penalties for these offences include prison terms.

Refer to the ‘Restricted weapons’ table for more information on weapons that require the bearer to be licenced and carriage approved.

Restricted weapons

Blasting caps/detonator

Description

What could happen?

 caps

All blasting / detonator caps or fuses are strictly forbidden from carriage on an aircraft.

Only persons who have a Controlled Substance Licence are authorised to possess these items.

Possession of these items [unless by a licenced person] is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment.

If you are found in possession of these items at an airport [including if you are licenced] it is highly likely that:

  • you will miss your flight
  • you will be trespassed from the airport
  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you will be arrested.

Industrial explosives

   

 ind-exp

All [industrial] explosives are strictly forbidden from carriage on an aircraft.

Only persons who have a Controlled Substance Licence are authorised to possess these items.

Possession of these items [unless by a licenced person] is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment.

If you are found in possession of these items at an airport [including if you are licenced] it is highly likely that:

  • you will miss your flight
  • you will be trespassed from the airport
  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you will be arrested.

Ammunition

   

 ammo

Carriage of ammunition is permitted only as checked-in luggage if:

  • the passenger has a gun licence
  • the airline approves carriage
  • the ammunition is Division1.4S and does not exceed 5 kilograms.

All novelty items [e.g. jewellery, pen and USB sticks] designed to look like a bullet and empty shell casings are considered to be imitation ammunition and are not permitted on an aircraft. 

Possession of ammunition by an un-licenced person is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment.

If you are un-licenced and found in possession of these items at an airport:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested.

If you are a licenced firearm holder and you have not complied with the restrictions your ammunition will be seized.

Leave all novelty bullet shaped items at home.


 Air gun

   

 airgun

Carriage of air guns are permitted only as checked-in luggage and only if the airline approves carriage.

Some air guns can only be possessed by a person with a gun licence.

If you are unlicensed and have doubts as to lawfulness of the air gun leave it at home.

 

It is almost impossible to differentiate an air gun from other types of firearms and the response from security agencies will be proportionate to the perceived risk.

If you are found in possession of an air gun on your person or in carry-on luggage:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested
  • the air gun may be seized.

Gun components

   

 gun-components

 

Carriage of firearm components are permitted:

  • only as checked-in luggage
  • only if the airline approves carriage
  • only by a passenger with a gun licence. 

Telescopic sights are not prohibited.

 

If you are found in possession of gun components on your person or in carry-on luggage:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested
  • the gun components may be seized.
 

Imitation firearms 

 

 

 imitation-guns

Carriage of imitation firearms is  permitted only as checked-in luggage and only if the airline approves carriage.

If the toy or replica firearm could be mistaken [from a distance] for a real firearm then it is considered to be an imitation firearm. 

Toy guns that are obviously toys are not restricted.

It is almost impossible to differentiate imitation firearms from real firearms and the response from security agencies will be proportionate to the perceived risk.

If you are found in possession of an imitation firearm on your person or in carry-on luggage:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested
  • the imitation firearm may be seized.

Firearms

   
 firearms Carriage of firearms is permitted only as checked-in luggage if:
  • the passenger has a gun licence
  • the airline approves carriage.

Sawn-off shotguns are illegal and possession is punishable by a term of imprisonment.

If you are found in possession of any firearm on your person or in carry-on luggage:

  • the NZ Police will be alerted
  • you may be arrested
  • the firearm may be seized.