Yellow weapon possession card for individual sport shooters; application

If you are a member of a shooting sports club, you can apply for an unlimited permit to purchase certain types of weapons (yellow weapon possession card).



  • You must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for large caliber weapons).

    A minimum age of 18 years applies to the acquisition of
    • Firearms up to 5.6 mm lfB (.22 l.r.) caliber for rimfire ammunition if the muzzle energy of the projectiles is 200 joules or less, and
    • single-shot long guns with smooth-bore barrels of caliber 12 or smaller, provided that sport shooting with such weapons is permitted by the approved sporting regulations of a shooting sports association (Section 14, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 of the Weapons Act).

For other firearms, the minimum age is 21 years.

If you are under 25 years of age and wish to acquire (small-caliber) firearms other than those specified in Section 14, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 of the Weapons Act, you will be required by the competent weapons authority to submit a medical or psychological expert opinion/certificate on your mental fitness. You must pay for the certificate yourself and send the original to the relevant firearms authority by post.

  • You must prove that you have been a member of a recognized shooting sports club for at least twelve months and that you have regularly practiced shooting sports in the past twelve months (at least once a month or at least 18 times within one year).
  • You must be reliable under firearms law.

    You may be assessed as unreliable under firearms law if, among other things
    • You have been legally sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least one year within the last 10 years or have been a member of or supported a prohibited organization within the last 10 years.
    • it can be assumed that you misuse or improperly handle weapons or ammunition, 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 law.
  • You must be personally suitable.

    You may be judged to be personally unsuitable if, among other things
    • You are legally incompetent.
    • You are addicted to alcohol or other intoxicating substances, mentally ill, or debilitated.
    • 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 are not able to handle weapons or ammunition carefully or properly or that there is a concrete danger that you will endanger others or yourself.
  • You must prove that you have sufficient knowledge of weapons and ammunition and how to handle them (expert knowledge).

    To be able to prove expert knowledge in handling weapons and ammunition, you must have taken part in an appropriate training course. The course comprises a theoretical and practical part. At the end of the course, you will take an examination before an authorized examination board. If you pass the examination, you will receive a certificate for which weapons and ammunition you have acquired the expertise. You can also obtain the expertise only for the weapons and ammunition that you wish to acquire and possess.

  • You must prove that you can store weapons and ammunition safely.

    This generally means that only you, as the authorized person, have access to weapons and ammunition, for example by carrying the key with you at all times. If you do not store your weapons and ammunition securely, you commit an administrative offense for which a fine of up to 10,000 EUR can be imposed. In addition, your reliability under weapons law may be called into question and your weapons possession card may be revoked.

    When submitting your application, you must provide information on both the storage location and the container in which you intend to store weapons and ammunition. The storage requirements are based on Section 13 of the General Weapons Act Ordinance (AWaffV). In case of doubt, please contact the authority responsible for you. Basically, you can orientate yourself on the following requirements:
    • You must store ammunition requiring a permit in a sheet steel cabinet/container with a swing bolt lock or an equivalent locking device.
    • To store long guns and handguns requiring a permit, you need a gun cabinet. The type of gun cabinet you need depends on the number and type of weapons and/or ammunition you wish to acquire and possess.
      • In a gun cabinet with resistance grade 0 according to the DIN/EN 1143-1 standard with a weight of up to 200 kilograms, you may store an unlimited number of long guns, up to 5 handguns and ammunition.
      • In a firearms cabinet with resistance grade 0 in accordance with the DIN/EN 1143-1 standard with a weight of over 200 kilograms, you may store an unlimited number of long guns, up to 10 handguns and ammunition.
      • In a gun cabinet with resistance grade I according to the DIN/EN 1143-1 standard, you may store an unlimited number of long guns and handguns as well as ammunition.
    • The following regulations generally apply to the place where you are allowed to place the gun cabinet:
      • If you live in a common household with another person who is also entitled to possess weapons, you may store the weapons in a common weapons cabinet.


You must apply for the yellow firearms possession card at the competent firearms authority. Submit the application together with the required documents.

The weapons authority will issue you with the yellow weapons possession card if you meet the necessary requirements.

Required documents

  • Required Documents:

    • Identity card or passport (copy)
    • Certificate of the shooting association
    • Proof of expertise
    • Proof of storage, e.g. purchase contract for a gun cabinet and/or photos of gun cabinet and place of installation
    • If applicable, a certificate from a specialist doctor or psychologist confirming your mental fitness (if under 25 years of age)


  • The fees for the issuance of a weapons possession card are between 30.00 and 180.00 EUR. The district administrative authority responsible for you will be happy to provide you with more details.


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