Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage

Can I take this item on a plane?

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

  • the passenger has a gun licence
  • the airline approves carriage
  • The firearm is not prohibited or illegal

What are the restrictions?

Firearms can only go as checked in luggage.

You must have a gun licence

Ask your airline for approval before traveling.

Why is this item restricted?

The law prohibits some firearms, firearm parts and ammunition magazines. This means these items can no longer be carried on passenger aircraft.

If you are found in possession of any firearm on your person, in your carry-on bag luggage or you are in possession of an illegal or prohibited firearm:

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

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

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items