Arms trade; application for a permit

If you want to buy and sell firearms or ammunition, you need a firearms dealer's license.


Permission to trade in firearms or ammunition is granted by means of a firearms trading permit.

The firearms trading permit may be limited to certain types of firearms and ammunition.

The permit expires if the permit holder has not commenced the activity within one year of the permit being issued or has not carried it out for one year. The time limits may be extended for special reasons.


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

You must provide evidence of the required expertise. This does not apply if you do not manage the business, a branch or a dependent branch yourself.

The permit may be refused if you are not a German citizen 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 permit must notify the competent authority within two weeks of the commencement and cessation of operations and of the opening and closing of a branch or dependent branch.

If the commercial arms trade is to be operated by a deputy, a separate deputy permit must be applied for on behalf of this person. This also applies if someone is appointed to manage a branch office or a dependent branch. The deputy permit is linked to the associated firearms dealer permit. The same requirements must be met for a deputy permit as for a firearms trading permit.

Required documents

  • Proof of reliability and personal suitability

  • Certificate of competence


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


    • Issuance of a firearms trading permit according to § 21 para. 1 WaffG: 100 to 2,700 Euro
    • Issuance of a deputy permit according to § 21a WaffG: 50 to 500 Euro
    • State specialized knowledge examination according to § 22 Abs. 1 WaffG: 100 to 250 Euro

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