Manufacture of weapons; application for a permit

If you want to manufacture, process or repair firearms or ammunition, you need a firearms manufacturing license.


Permission to manufacture, process or repair firearms or ammunition on a commercial basis or independently as part of a commercial enterprise is granted by means of a firearms manufacturing licence.

The firearms manufacturing licence may be restricted to certain types of firearms and ammunition.

In the case of firearms or ammunition covered by the licence, the firearms manufacturing licence shall include permission to transfer the firearms or ammunition temporarily or permanently to holders of a firearms manufacturing or firearms trade licence and to acquire them for the purposes of firearms manufacturing. In the case of gunsmiths entered on the register of craftsmen, the firearms manufacturing licence shall include the licence to trade in firearms.

The licence expires if the licence holder has not commenced the activity within one year of the granting of the licence or has not exercised it for one year. The time limits may be extended for special reasons.


The applicant must have the required reliability and personal suitability (cf. §§ 5 and 6 WaffG).

If you operate as a craftsman, you must fulfil the necessary requirements in accordance with the Handicrafts Code.

Permission may be refused if you are not a German within the meaning of Article 116 of the Basic Law or if you have neither your habitual residence nor a commercial establishment within the area of application of this law.

Special notes

The holder of a licence shall notify the competent authority within two weeks of the commencement and cessation of operations and of the opening and closure of a branch or a dependent branch.

Required documents

  • Proof of reliability and personal suitability
  • in the case of craft-based operation: Proof of entry in the register of craftsmen


    • Issuance of a firearms manufacturing license according to § 21 para. 1 WaffG: 100 to 2,700 Euro
    • Issue of a deputy permit according to § 21a WaffG: 50 to 500 Euro

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Status: 08.09.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

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