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Thread: Permanent Resident/Firearms License Holder Returning to NZ with Rifle

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    Permanent Resident/Firearms License Holder Returning to NZ with Rifle

    Hi guys,

    I am an American and a NZ permanent resident. My family and I are returning this August, and I would like to bring my current favorite hunting rifle with me from the US when I come. I have a current and valid NZ firearms license. I am looking for any guidance on how to make this entry with rifle as streamlined and stress-free as possible. Anyone gone through this recently, have recommendations or info? Is it better to plan to bring it on the plane with me, or include it in our shipment (I would really rather not do this option unless it's absolutely necessary). Are there any additional problems now that we have to spend 2 weeks in quarantine in a hotel facility -what happens with the rifle during that time?

    Cheers for any info you may have.

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    Have you sorted the US side?

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    Speak with the NZ Police. They will guide you on the matter.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
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    @ablakebrown

    Agree with @Rushy, speak to NZ Police.

    Maybe attach an application for an import permit with your query email - it's like going to someone with both a question and a solution.

    I assume you're not thinking of bring your AR15 with you... )-:
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    Getting it out of the US will be your first problem. Without an export licence you will be committing a federal offence and it’s taken seriously.
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