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Police confirm types of ammo allowed for hunting

Duck shooters and other hunters can continue to use cartridges filled with lead or steel shot, as these are not prohibited, says police.

They may still be used under the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019 as shotgun cartridges are specifically excluded from the prohibition order, says a police spokesperson.

"This week an amendment to the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order confirmed that shot cartridges fired from low calibre rimfire firearms are also not prohibited.

"Often referred to as Birdshot, these cartridges are used in the killing of small pest species where the use of poison is unsafe."

Police can confirm that enhanced penetrating ammunition with a steel or tungsten carbide penetrator is prohibited as it penetrates body armour and helmets and has no legitimate civilian use.

"Duck shooting cartridges do not fall within this definition."

For more information, the order can be found here:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2019/0137/latest/LMS214867.html

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