Small firearms license; application

If you wish to carry alarm, irritant and signal weapons with the approval mark of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in public, you must first apply for a small firearms license.



To obtain a small firearms license, you must

  • be at least 18 years old,
  • be reliable under firearms law and
  • personal suitability


Reliability under firearms law

You must be reliable under firearms law.

You may be deemed unreliable under firearms law if, among other things

  • you have been sentenced to at least one year's imprisonment within the last 10 years or have been a member of or supported a prohibited organization in the last 10 years.
  • it can be assumed that you misuse weapons or ammunition or handle them improperly, do not store these items carefully or hand them over to persons who are not authorized to do so.
  • you have been in preventive police custody more than once in the last 5 years with judicial authorization due to violence.
  • you have repeatedly or grossly violated the Weapons Act.

Personal suitability

You must be personally suitable.

You may be assessed as personally unsuitable if, among other things

  • You are legally incompetent.
  • you are dependent on alcohol or other intoxicating substances, mentally ill or mentally retarded.
  • you suffer from serious illnesses, such as brain injuries, or physical impairments, such as amputations or severe visual impairment.
  • it can be assumed that you do not handle weapons or ammunition carefully or properly or cannot store these items carefully or that there is a concrete danger that you will endanger others or yourself.


You must apply for a small firearms license from the relevant firearms authority. Submit the application together with the required documents.

The firearms authority will issue the small firearms license if you meet the necessary requirements.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required:

    • Identity card or passport (copy)


  • The fees for issuing a small firearms license are between 30 and 150 EUR.


Compulsory action before the administrative court


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