It is interesting what the media consider “relaxed gun laws”:
New Zealand’s gun regulations are considered more relaxed than many other countries, including the United States [emphasis mine].
New Zealand’s gun laws currently operate on a "licensing but no registration" system, meaning that a majority of firearms in the country do not need to be registered, the Australian Financial Review reported. The system does include background and reference checks, along with safety training and a written test, the newspaper reported.
A person must be at least 16 to own a gun, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Carrying a gun is only allowed for people who have a "lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose," such as hunting, pest control or sports shooting, the newspaper reported. Self-defense is not considered a reason to own a gun [emphais mine], the Morning Herald reported.