16 December 2019
Our Reference: IR-01-19-26560
Email: [FYI request #11311 email]
I am writing to you in response to your request dated 28 September 2019. You asked:
Can you please supply me with what information is recorded by police either
when recorded in the Firearms Search and Seizure database, or any other such
database. Please list all required and optional fields on the database that are
required or optional to be filled in by the data entry person.
Screen shots if web based or computer based, or scans of forms that are
manually filled out are sufficient.
The screenshot of a Firearms Search and Seizure database entry is included with this
response. I have redacted the details and annotated the form. The firearm type is a
dropdown field which I included at the end of the PDF.
All sections of the form are mandatory but some flow from previous fields. For example, if
the response to “Was seizure made” is “No” then no details of the firearms are required. If
the seizure was made and type of firearm is known then the firearm type field is
mandatory, however make, model, calibre, and serial number are not mandatory if not
Another place where firearm seizure can be recorded is the National Intelligence
Application (NIA). The National Recording Standard governing the data entry into NIA is
available on the Police website1.
For your information, Police has developed a process for proactive release of information,
so the anonymised response to your request may be publicly released on the New
Zealand Police website.
Arms Act Service Delivery Group
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
Telephone: 04 474 9499. Fax: 04 498 7400. www.police.govt.nz