Legislation/regulations making steel shot bullets prohibited

From the Arms Act 1983

Section 43AA – Possessing, selling, or supplying prohibited ammunition

Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years who, without reasonable excuse,—

(a) possesses prohibited ammunition; or
(b) sells or supplies prohibited ammunition.

Section 43AA: inserted, on 12 April 2019, by section 45 of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 12).

Section 2D – Meaning of prohibited ammunition

In this Act, prohibited ammunition means any ammunition declared by the Governor-General by Order in Council made under section 74A to be prohibited ammunition for the purposes of this Act.

Section 2D: inserted, on 12 April 2019, by section 5 of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 12).


From the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019

Enhanced-penetration ammunition - Projectiles that have a steel or tungsten carbide penetrator intended to achieve better penetration

From the Arms Regulations 1992

Regulation 28Z - Temporary amnesty for persons possessing prohibited ammunition

(1) This regulation applies to a person who, before the commencement of the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019, possessed prohibited ammunition.

(2) The person does not commit an offence under section 43AA(a) of the Act for the continued possession of the prohibited ammunition if the person—

(a) notifies a member of the Police that the person is in possession of prohibited ammunition; and

(b) complies with any direction from a member of the Police relating to the delivery of the ammunition to a member of the Police.

(3) Subclause (2)—

(a) ceases to have effect on 30 September 2019; and

(b) is subject to the following conditions:

(i) the person in possession of the prohibited ammunition must not use the ammunition; and

(ii) the person in possession of the prohibited ammunition must at all times keep the ammunition in secure storage on the person’s premises.

Regulation 28Z: inserted, on 21 June 2019, by regulation 18 of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Regulations 2019 (LI 2019/136).

COLFO press release

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1910/S00142/colfo-plans-court-action-over-ammo-ban.htm