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Apply for Arms Trade Permit


For commercial or self-employed trade in firearms or ammunition, you need a weapons trade permit. You can obtain this from the firearms authority responsible for your place of business.

The arms trade also includes the

  • lending,
  • Auction
  • Rent
  • Pledge
  • Custody or
  • Carrying weapons and ammunition.

The arms trade permit may be restricted to certain types of firearms and ammunition.

Be able to obtain permission

  • natural persons (sole proprietorship)
  • legal entities. For this purpose, the responsible managing director or the individual personally liable partners each need their own permission.

If the arms trade is to be carried out by a deputy or if a person is entrusted with the management of a branch or a dependent branch, then you need a proxy permit. You can also apply for this at the responsible weapons authority. Deputies receive this permit under the same conditions.

These requirements include, but are not limited to, proof of

  • the age of majority,
  • reliability,
  • personal suitability and
  • expertise.

Your permit will lose its validity if you have not started the activity within one year of the permit being issued or if you have not exercised it for one year. The deadlines may be extended for special reasons.

Process flow

The competent authority shall check whether the applicant has the requisite reliability. To this end, it obtains information from the Federal Central Register and the Public Prosecutor's Office Register of Proceedings as well as an opinion from the local police station. Proof of personal suitability, expertise, need and commercial or economic enterprise must be provided by the student.

If there are doubts about personal suitability, the competent authority has the option of requesting a certificate of mental or physical fitness from an official or specialist medical officer or a specialist psychologist.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the independent city, the large independent city and the independent municipality.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the district, the independent city, the large independent city and the independent municipality.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Requirements

  • Reaching the age of 18
  • Reliability
    • The required reliability requires, above all, that there is no criminal record.
  • personal suitability
    • For example, those persons do not possess the required personal suitability if facts justify the assumption that they are legally incapable, dependent on alcohol or mentally ill.
  • Expertise
    • If required, the required proof of expertise in the most important weapons law and shooting regulations, in the type, design and handling of common firearms and ammunition can be obtained by taking an examination at the Hanover Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
    • The specialist knowledge is considered to be given if the requirements for the registration of a gunsmith's business in the register of craftsmen are met.
  • Proof of a need
    • The need (a reasonable reason) may arise from a personal or economic interest that is particularly recognisable, for example as an arms dealer.
  • Commercial activity or economic enterprise
    • A licence is only granted if the arms trade is carried out commercially or independently within the framework of an economic enterprise.

Which documents are required?

  • Certificate of proficiency
  • Certificate from the competent judicial or administrative authority of the country of origin or country of origin
  • Confirmation from the home authority
  • Proof of commercial establishment, business/business premises
  • If applicable, a copy of any arms trade licence that has already been issued
  • Curriculum vitae

What are the fees?

Fees are charged in accordance with Section I No. 2 of the Appendix Fee Schedule of the Costs Ordinance to the Weapons Act (WaffKostV).

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

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

The licence holder must notify the competent authority within two weeks of the commencement and cessation of operations as well as the opening and closure of a branch or a dependent branch.

What else should I know?

There are no hints or specifics.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)