Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Firearm parts

Can I take this item on a plane?

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.

Note: Telescopic sights are not considered a gun part and can be taken in your luggage.

What are the restrictions?

  • Gun parts must be carried in checked-in luggage only.
  • Ask your airline before you travel.
  • You must have a gun licence.

Why is this item restricted?

Firearm parts, when assembled, are potentially dangerous to people.

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

If you plan to travel with firearms parts and ammunition magazines check the NZ Police –Firearms and Safety (external link) website to see if they are prohibited.

If they are prohibited leave them at home and contact the NZ Police by completing the on-line form on the NZ Police –Firearms and Safety (external link) website.

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

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

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