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New Zealand Society of Gunsmiths Inc.
Promoting Excellence in Gunsmithing
PO Box 52, Kaitaia, 0441, New Zealand. Tel/Fax + 64 9 409 3835
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The New Zealand Society of Gunsmiths (Inc.) is a non profit organisation, relying by and large on the contributions of its members to achieve the following objectives:

To establish, maintain and advance the profession of Gunsmithing, and to promote in any manner which the Society thinks fit the interests of Gunsmiths in New Zealand.

To provide a common ground for members to interchange their knowledge and means for them to contribute to the future advancement of Technology in Gunsmithing and related activities.

To provide forums for the presentation and discussion of Gunsmithing papers, promote continuing education programmes and the development and maintenance of Gunsmithing standards, recommended practices and information reports, provide to arrange appropriate advice and produce publications resulting from this work.

To grant grades of membership to members of the Society in recognition of their proficiency in Gunsmithing or related activities and to establish training and educational courses, whereby members may, upon suitable examination or qualification, attain higher gradings within the Society.

To grant prizes for excellence and promote scholarships in relation to any subjects of study relating to Gunsmithing or the duties of a Gunsmith.

To promote health, safety and responsibility in the care, handling and use of firearms and related equipment.

To associate with or co-operate with or become a member of any other organisation for the pursuit of any common interest.

To do all such other things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of the Society aims and objectives.

To enable the widespread membership throughout New Zealand to work in unity towards these aims, a relevant constitution has been formulated to reflect the particular needs of the New Zealand Society of Gunsmiths Incorporated.

The Constitution allows for both graded and non graded membership although only graded members can hold office or vote.

Persons in training or on the periphery of Gunsmithing or related activities can support the Society as non graded members by enrolling as a student or an affiliate, while a person with a deeper involvement can expect to be graded and attain the status as an associate or member or Fellow.

Civilian, Industrial and Government bodies can provide support to the Society by becoming affiliates.

The National Council manage the affairs of the Society, review membership grading applications and liaise with other organisations. Membership of the National Council is by election at the national Annual General Meeting.

Membership in NZSG is open to those persons with appropriate employment, certification, education, experience or interest in Gunsmithing or related activities. The NZSG Grading Committee assigns classifications of Fellow, Member, Associate, being graded members or Student and Affiliate being non graded members based on the following criteria.

FELLOW "FSG" -Fellows shall comprise persons who:-

Have had at least seven years experience in a position of major responsibility in charge of Nationally important Gunsmithing or other associated activities, or

Have been in charge of the Design and development of a gunsmithing product of Nationally recognised importance, or

Have high education qualifications in Gunsmithing and have made a noteworthy contribution to the science of Gunsmithing in New Zealand, or

Have contributed to gunsmithing, or other associated activities in New Zealand to an exceptional degree as a result of an extensive career in positions of responsibility and,

Have otherwise satisfied the Council of their worthiness for election to this grade.

MEMBER "MSG" -members shall comprise persons who:-

Hold an Engineering or Science degree, diploma or equivalent qualification accepted by the Council for this purpose, or

Are in the opinion of the Council otherwise appropriately trained and skilled for, and have had not less than five years experience in Gunsmithing or other associated technical activities and are qualified for responsible activity in design, research, development, manufacture, commissioning, application, operation, repair, maintenance, restoration, sales, purchasing, health, safety or technical/educational/ instruction/teaching as they relate to Gunsmithing. Ammunition / Reloading, or

Are in the opinion of the Council engaged in prominent responsible commercial or administrative activities in which they co-operate with Gunsmiths in furthering the objects of the society, and

Have otherwise satisfied the Council of their worthiness for election to this grade.

ASSOCIATE "ASG" associates shall comprise persons who:-

Hold as a minimum a Gunsmithing or appropriate Engineering or Science NZQA LEVEL 4 National Certificate or equivalent qualification accepted by the Council for this purpose, or

Are in the opinion of the Council otherwise appropriately trained and skilled for, and have had not less than three years experience in Gunsmithing or other associated technical activities and are self directed, have full responsibility for their own individual quality standards, and are qualified for responsible activity in, design, research, development, manufacture, commissioning, application, operation, repair, maintenance, restoration, health, safety, sales, purchasing, or technical/education/instruction/teaching, as they related to gunsmithing ammunition/ reloading, and

Have otherwise satisfied the Council of their worthiness for election to this grade.

STUDENT- Students shall comprise persons who:-

Are not over twenty five years of age who are engaged in full time courses of education or training, including cadetships and apprenticeships which in the opinion of the Council may qualify them for membership of the society in the grades of associate or member and

Have otherwise satisfied the Council of their worthiness for election to this grade.

AFFILIATE -Affiliates shall comprise persons not qualifying for graded membership or civilian, industrial and government bodies who wish to be associated with the society and provide support the aims of the Society.

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