If you have a weapon outside
- your own home
- your own business premises
- your own contented property (for example your own garden) or
- a shooting range
outside your own home, business premises (e.g. your own garden or a shooting range), you must have a permit (weapons license). Exceptions apply in the cases specified in Section 12, Paragraph 3 of the Weapons Act (e.g. transport of weapons on the way to and from hunting or shooting ranges that are not ready for firing or access). If you only want to carry alarm, irritant or signal weapons with PTB approval marks in public, you only need a small firearms license (see under "Related topics"), the issuance of which is subject to less stringent requirements.
It is recommended that you inform yourself in detail about the regulations of the weapons law before applying.
If you carry the weapon with you, you must have the firearms license with you and be able to identify yourself with an identity card or passport.
You will receive the firearms license for a maximum of 3 years. You can have the firearms license renewed twice for a maximum of 3 years.
You may be denied the firearms license if you have not resided in Germany within the last 5 years.
If you move to another city or municipality, you do not have to have the firearms license rewritten.
If you handle weapons and ammunition without a required weapons permit, you may face a fine or imprisonment.