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Weapons and ammunition - apply for permission to take away
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
In order to be allowed to take weapons into Germany, you must prove your need, your reliability under weapons law, your personal suitability and expertise. If you are a citizen of an EU member state as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland, the European firearms pass is sufficient proof. If you are a citizen of a third country, you can provide evidence in the form of meaningful official documents from your home country with a German translation. If, as a citizen of a third country, you are unable to provide information on weapons and ammunition when applying, you must do so at the latest when entering the country.
You must always state the reason why you want to bring weapons and ammunition to Germany temporarily, for example an invitation to hunt, to a shooting competition or to a traditional event.
If you are applying for a shooting team, for example, you can enter the names of all participants on a separate sheet and enclose it with the application. The permit will then be issued for all applicants together.
You do not need a permit if you come from an EU member state as well as from Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
- as a hunter up to 3 long guns and the corresponding ammunition,
- as a sport shooter up to 6 firearms and the corresponding ammunition, and
- as a traditional shooter up to 3 single-shot or repeating long guns and the corresponding ammunition
want to take with you to Germany. However, the weapons you are taking with you must be entered in your European Firearms Pass. As a citizen of a third country, you do not have to prove your age of majority and expert knowledge in these cases.
You do not need a European Firearms Pass if you are a sports marksman or a traditional marksman and want to take certain weapons with you from Austria to Bavaria or vice versa.
You also do not need a permit to take weapons and ammunition to Germany if you are
- take weapons and ammunition with you for which you have permission to acquire and possess (Waffenbesitzkarte - WBK),
- carry signal weapons and the corresponding ammunition on board ships for reasons of safety, or
- carry weapons and ammunition on board a ship or aircraft that are permanently kept under lock and key in Germany. These weapons and ammunition must be reported immediately to the competent authority and must be re-exported from Germany within one month at the latest.
If you wish to take weapons and ammunition from Germany to an EU member state, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland, you will require
- a permit to acquire and possess weapons and ammunition (Waffenbesitzkarte - WBK),
- a European firearms pass in which the weapons you wish to take with you are registered
as well as
- the consent of the country to which you intend to take the weapons and ammunition, or credible proof that no permission is required.
You must also ensure the safe transport of the weapons and ammunition. For this purpose, you can also hire a forwarding agent. Before taking them with you, you should inform yourself about the conditions of the state under which the taking is permitted or not permitted.
If you want to take weapons and ammunition from Germany to a third country, you do not need a German permit. Here, too, you should inform yourself about the conditions of the state under which the transport is permitted or not permitted.
You must apply for permission to carry firearms or ammunitionat the competent weapons authority. Submit the application together with the required documents.
The firearms authority will grant you permission if you meet the necessary requirements.
Who should I contact?
If you want to take weapons and ammunition to Germany, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must prove the need why you want to take weapons and ammunition.
- You must be of legal age.
- You must be reliable in terms of weapons law. This means that possible convictions must be longer than 10 years and memberships in organizations banned in Germany must be longer than 5 years ago.
- You must be personally suitable. This means that you must be legally competent, you must not be addicted to alcohol or debilitated.
- You must have sufficient expertise to handle weapons and ammunition.
Which documents are required?
- Identity card or passport (copy)
- if brought to Germany from EU member state, Switzerland, Liechtenstein or Iceland
- European firearms pass (copy)
- if brought to Germany from a third country
- official documents with German translation as proof of need, reliability, personal suitability, expertise
- if brought from Germany to an EU member state, Switzerland, Liechtenstein or Iceland
- European firearms pass (copy)
- Weapons possession card (WBK) (copy)
- Consent of the state (if required) or proof that no consent is required
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
Technically approved by
Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior, for Sport and Integration
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