Range Development Documents
The following is the current Range Development Manual:
Recertifications and New Ranges
Any enquiries on recertifications and new range development should be sent to the PNZ Executive Officer.
Range Inspector Contacts
If you don’t have the contact details for your club’s Range Inspector, contact the PNZ Executive Officer.
New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual – Exposure Draft
This can be seen on the NZ Police website HERE
CLUBS AND RANGES POLICE WEBPAGE
To help the clubs and shooting ranges operators understand what this means for them, and start to prepare for the application, we have updated the following on the Police website:
- The Clubs & Ranges web page copy, revised application forms and processes.
- An overview of what the new legislation means is available from our New & updates section
- A frequently asked questions document is available on the Clubs and Ranges page and the 24 June 2022 clubs and ranges update.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A SHOOTING RANGE INSPECTOR?
If you are interested in becoming a shooting Range Inspector, contact the PNZ Executive Officer
The following information outlines the requirements required by the NZ Police to become a Shooting Range Inspector.
The role of the voluntary Shooting Range Inspector (SRI) is to carry out inspections of shooting ranges (ranges) at the request of Shooting Range Operators (SRO). SRIs work independently and as such are not Police employees or contractors.
SRIs work against clear operational standards to ensure that the range meets the certification requirements stated in the Arms Legislation Act 2020, Part 6 –Shooting Clubs and Ranges and is compliant with the minimum acceptable requirements detailed in the Police Shooting Range Manual. This is to ensure the range is fit for purpose and all safety protocols have been considered.
As an important step in the range certification process, the SRI must be mindful of maintaining quality, consistency, and legislative correctness in their assessments.
Why have SRIs?
Operators of shooting ranges, shooting organisations, and shooting clubs, and in some cases, individual shooting range operators, have a responsibility to ensure land that is used as a shooting range is safe for that purpose.
A shooting range must be inspected by an accredited SRI recognised by Police, prior to the SRO submitting their application to Police for Shooting Range Certification.
Background and skills of an SRI
SRIs come with a knowledge of range planning, design and construction and/or experience within the shooting environment as an avid shooter either within or outside one of the recognised shooting disciplines. SRIs may have an interest in a specific discipline although the training covers all shooting disciplines.
An SRI should be an individual who has the ability to communicate effectively, apply a consistent approach and have the ability to build a relationship with the SRO, based on mutual respect.
While working closely with SROs, the SRI must be able to maintain sufficient independence to ensure that their professional judgement and integrity (along with the integrity of the certification system) is maintained.
Publishing of accredited SRI details
Details of all SRIs accredited by Police need to be available to the community via a website. This is to enable Shooting Range Operators the opportunity to contact and negotiate their services and to help ensure that only accredited individuals are selected for this work.
Police are providing 3 day Shooting Range Inspector courses across the country over the coming year (2022), to ensure there are sufficient inspectors to meet the needs of Shooting Range Operators.
The course comprises of pre-learning, teaching and assessment modules. The formal assessment modules are conducted post-course as formative and summative assessments at home locations.
Ongoing training, additional to the 3-day Shooting Range Inspector course, will be provided to maintain competency. A Recognised Prior Learning programme is available to individuals who already hold the relevant experience and skills sets.
Accreditation is for a period of 4 years.
To be selected for the SRI course, the trainee:
- must have a current Firearms Licence
- should have current or past membership of a shooting discipline, business or club or be sponsored by an existing shooting discipline (desirable)
- should have a desire and long-time commitment to provide the inspection services
- should be prepared to provide inspection services for all SROs irrespective of shooting discipline (desirable)
Other skills needed:
- previous qualification / training / experience as a SRI or range officer
- competency at basic mathematics and geometry
- competency in computer literacy (MS Word, email)
- competency in basic map reading and navigation
- preferred competency in the use of a GPS, Laser Rangefinder, Clinometer, Prismatic Compass, Protractor, knowledge of Milliradians (Military)
- competency in formal report writing of a technical nature/subject