Weapons and ammunition; application for a transfer and carry permit

You need a permit to bring and take weapons or ammunition into, through or out of the area of application of the Weapons Act.

Description

Permission to bring and take weapons or ammunition into, through or out of the area of application of the Weapons Act (import, transit, export)

Any person who brings weapons or ammunition across a national border to remain there or with the aim of changing possession into, through or out of the area of application of the Act to another person or to himself or herself, or transports them himself or herself. On the other hand, a person who temporarily brings a weapon or ammunition across the border into, through or out of the area of application of the law on a journey without giving up possession for use takes the weapon or ammunition with him.

The following permits relate to the introduction and transport of firearms or ammunition in accordance with Annex 1 to the Weapons Act, Section 3, Categories A 1.2 to D (classification of firearms or ammunition into Categories A to D in accordance with the Weapons Directive) into, through or out of the area of application of the Weapons Act, which covers the entire territory of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bringing weapons or ammunition into the area of application of the Weapons Act (import)

If you wish to bring the above-mentioned weapons or other weapons whose acquisition and possession require a permit into the area of application of the Weapons Act, the district administration authority may grant you a permit if the recipient of the weapons is entitled to acquire or possess them and safe transport is guaranteed by a person entitled to acquire or possess these weapons.

In the case of import from another Member State of the European Union (Member State), the permit is issued as consent to the permit of the other Member State.

Transfer of weapons or ammunition through the area of application of the Weapons Act (transit)

If you wish to transit weapons through the area of application of the Weapons Act, the district administrative authority may grant you a permit if safe transport is guaranteed by a person authorised to acquire or possess these weapons.

In the case of transit from another member state of the European Union, the permit is issued as consent to the permit of the other member state.

In the case of transit from a state that is not a member state of the European Union (third state) to a member state, the licence is also subject to the latter's prior consent.

Transferring weapons or ammunition from the area of application of the Weapons Act to other member states of the European Union (export)

If you wish to transfer weapons from the Federal Republic of Germany to another member state, the district administrative authority may grant you a permit if the prior consent required under the law of the other member state has been obtained and safe transport is guaranteed by a person authorised to acquire or possess these weapons.

Professional firearms manufacturers or dealers may be granted general authorisation to transfer firearms to firearms dealers in other Member States for a period of up to three years. The licence may be restricted to certain types of firearms or ammunition. The holder of this permit must notify the Federal Criminal Police Office in writing in advance of any transfer.


Bringing weapons or ammunition into, through or out of the area of application of the Weapons Act (import, transit, export)

If you wish to take the above-mentioned weapons or other weapons, the acquisition and possession of which require a permit, into or through the area of application of the Weapons Act, the district administration authority may grant you a permit if the requirements of Section 4, Paragraph 1, Nos. 1 to 4 of the Weapons Act are met. The permit can be issued for a period of up to one year for one or more carry-on operations and can be extended several times for one year at a time.

If you are a citizen of a third country, permission to take weapons through the area of application of the Act into another member state also requires the prior consent of the other member state, insofar as the latter's consent is required.

If you are normally resident in another Member State and wish to take weapons with you (import, export or transit), permission to do so will only be granted if you are the holder of a European firearms pass issued by that Member State and the weapons are entered in the European firearms pass.

For hunters, sport shooters and traditional shooters, there are exceptions to the requirement for a permit or the conditions for a permit to carry weapons (import, export or transit):

  • Hunters: up to three long guns and the ammunition intended for them for the purpose of hunting,
  • Sport shooters: up to six sporting weapons and the ammunition intended for the purpose of shooting sports,
  • Traditional shooters: up to three single-shot or bolt-action long guns and the ammunition intended for this purpose for participation in a traditional event.

You do not need a permit to take weapons into or through the area of application of the Weapons Act (import, transit):

  • for which you have a permit to acquire or possess,
  • which are carried on board ships for reasons of safety (signal weapons), or
  • on board ships or aircraft, which are kept under lock and key during their stay within the area of application of this Act, are reported to the competent supervisory authority without delay and are transported out of the area of application of the Act again within one month at the latest.

Deadlines

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Forms

  • 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.

    Dieser Assistent unterstützt Sie bei der Erstellung eines formlosen Schreibens, wenn die zuständige Stelle kein Antragsformular zur Verfügung stellt.

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

administrative claim

Status: 08.09.2021

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

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