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    Question NZ Gun licence: who's telling the truth?

    Do you need to do a mountain safety course to get a gun licence in NZ? It says you need to in this article:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/7649/hunting-lifts-firearm-numbers


    But on the NZ police website there is no mention of needing to do this course:

    http://www.police.govt.nz/service/fi...fosheet05.html

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    Default Re: NZ Gun licence: who's telling the truth?

    Don't believe you have to. I don't have my gun license, but I have several friends who do and there was never any mention of that course.
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    Default Re: NZ Gun licence: who's telling the truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lance4k View Post
    Do you need to do a mountain safety course to get a gun licence in NZ? It says you need to in this article:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/7649/hunting-lifts-firearm-numbers


    But on the NZ police website there is no mention of needing to do this course:

    http://www.police.govt.nz/service/fi...fosheet05.html
    But there is indeed mention of the Firearms Safety Test test to be sat by all applicants:

    "The Arms Code

    The Arms Code is a firearms safety manual compiled by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council and the New Zealand Police. You can download a PDF version of the Arms Code [36 page PDF, minus cover, 1236 KB]. It is also available free at all Police stations.

    The Arms Code forms the basis of the Firearms Safety Test which must be sat by all firearms licence applicants."


    {It is left as an exercise for you to find the page on the website )

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    Having done mine a couple of years back, and also having a father who does the interviews for these licences I can say that yes you do have to do a mountain safety council course.
    I would almost call it a waste of time though you just sit through a video then do a short test that basically boils down to;

    Q- you are lining up a shot and your friend walks infront of you do you:
    A- Shoot him, its his fault for getting in the way
    B- Not shoot him

    etc.

    I suppose if you had no idea that a firearm could actually hurt someone it may be an eye-opener, otherwise a pretty boring evening all round
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    Default Re: NZ Gun licence: who's telling the truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lance4k View Post
    Do you need to do a mountain safety course to get a gun licence in NZ?
    Yes, you do but it is not really a "course" as such. Immediately prior to sitting your licence examination you have to watch a video on basic firearm safety instructions, firearm safety, etc run by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You then sit a test on the contents of the Arms Code.

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    Default Re: NZ Gun licence: who's telling the truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lance4k View Post
    Do you need to do a mountain safety course to get a gun licence in NZ? It says you need to in this article:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/7649/hunting-lifts-firearm-numbers


    But on the NZ police website there is no mention of needing to do this course:

    http://www.police.govt.nz/service/fi...fosheet05.html
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    Default Re: NZ Gun licence: who's telling the truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lagbort View Post
    I would almost call it a waste of time though you just sit through a video then do a short test that basically boils down to;

    Q- you are lining up a shot and your friend walks infront of you do you:
    A- Shoot him, its his fault for getting in the way
    B- Not shoot him

    etc.

    I suppose if you had no idea that a firearm could actually hurt someone it may be an eye-opener, otherwise a pretty boring evening all round

    I have been hunting and shooting for a long time, but only got my NZ gun licence a few years ago. The Mountain safety course I went to was excellent. There was no video, but a local gent who was passionate about
    fire arm safety took a really informative and interesting course.

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