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Apply for permission to acquire and possess weapons (yellow weapon possession card [WBK]) as an individual sport shooter


If you, as a sport shooter, want to acquire and possess weapons and/or ammunition that require a permit, you must apply for a permit from the competent weapons authority. Basically, you always need a permit to acquire and possess weapons and ammunition.

In general, firearms are objects intended for attack or defence, signalling, hunting, distance injection, marking, sport or play and in which projectiles are driven through a barrel or in which solid bodies are fired in a targeted manner, the propulsive energy of which can be introduced by muscle power or another source of energy and stored or held by a locking device (e.g. crossbows, arrow launchers).

A distinction is made between firearms that require a permit and firearms that do not require a permit. In order to be allowed to carry firearms without a permit, you need a small firearms license (see further information). All weapons that are not alarm shot, irritant and signal weapons with PTB marks in a circle are counted as subject to authorisation. A detailed list of the weapons for which you need a weapon possession card can be found in Annex 2 of the Weapons Act.

It is recommended that you inform yourself in detail about the regulations of the weapons law before applying.

In order to obtain permission to acquire and possess weapons and ammunition requiring a permit, you must:

  • have the appropriate age, and
  • Your need
  • Your Reliability in Weapons Law
  • Your personal suitability
  • Your expertise in the handling of weapons and ammunition as well as
  • prove the safe storage of weapons and ammunition.

Age

If you are under 25 years of age, you may be asked by the competent weapons authority to undergo a specialist or psychological examination .

Submit an expert opinion/certificate of your mental aptitude. You must pay for the report/certificate yourself and send the original by post to the responsible weapons authority (a copy or e-mail will not be accepted).

As a sports shooter, you must be at least 18 years old. Then you are entitled to acquire and possess firearms up to caliber 5.6 mm lfB (.22 l. r.) for rimfire ammunition with a muzzle energy of the projectiles not exceeding 200 joules (J) and single-shot long guns with smooth bores with caliber 12 or smaller.

For other firearms, the minimum age for sport shooters is 21 years, provided that you can present a specialist or psychological report/certificate of your mental fitness. You must pay for the report/certificate yourself and send the original by post to the responsible weapons authority (a copy or e-mail will not be accepted).

Need

In order to be allowed to acquire and possess weapons and ammunition, you must give a credible reason to the competent weapons authority (need). As a rule, a credible reason is recognized if you have been a member of a sports club for 1 year, which is a member of a recognized shooting sports association and in which shooting with such weapons is permitted according to an approved shooting sports regulations. The shooting sports regulations are approved by the Federal Office of Administration. You must also prove that you have participated in the training regularly (at least once a month or at least 18 times within a year).

Reliability under weapons law

Among other things, you can be assessed as reliable in terms of weapons law,

  1. if you have not been sentenced to imprisonment of at least 1 year within the last 10 years and have not been a member of or supported a banned organization in the last 10 years.
  2. if it cannot be assumed that you are misusing or improperly handling weapons or ammunition, do not store these items carefully or leave them to persons who are not authorized to do so.
  3. if you have not been in preventive police custody more than once in the last 5 years with judicial authorization for violent acts.
  4. if you have not repeatedly or grossly violated the gun law. 

Personal suitability

Among other things, you may be assessed as personally unsuitable if:

  1. You are legally incapacitated.
  2. You are addicted to alcohol or other intoxicating substances, mentally ill or debilitated.
  3. You suffer from serious illnesses, such as brain injuries, or physical impairments, such as amputations or severe visual impairments.
  4. it can be assumed that you are unable to handle weapons or ammunition carefully or properly or that you are unable to store these items carefully or that there is a concrete risk that you will endanger others or yourself.

Ability

In order to be allowed to acquire and possess weapons and ammunition, you must prove that you can handle them appropriately. In order to get the expertise in dealing with weapons and ammunition, you must take part in an appropriate course. The course includes a theoretical and practical part. At the end of the course, you will take an exam in front of an authorized examination board. If you have passed the exam, you will receive proof of the weapons and ammunition for which you have acquired the expertise. You can also gain the expertise only for the weapons and ammunition you want to acquire and own.

You do not have to take a separate proficiency test if you

  • the hunter's examination or an equivalent examination, or
  • have passed a journeyman's examination for the gunsmith's trade or
  • have worked for at least 3 years as a full-time employee in the trade in firearms and ammunition.

In these cases, you only need to provide appropriate evidence.

Safekeeping

You need to keep weapons and ammunition safe. In general, this 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 keep your weapons and ammunition safe, you are committing an administrative offence for which a fine of up to 10,000 euros can be imposed. In addition, your reliability under weapons law may be called into question and your weapon possession card may be withdrawn.

When applying, you must provide information on both the location and the container in which you intend to store weapons and ammunition. In principle, you can use the following guidelines as a guide:

  • Ammunition requiring a permit must be stored in a sheet steel cabinet/container with a swivel bolt lock.
  • In order to store long guns and handguns that require a permit as well as ammunition that require a permit, you need a gun safe. Which gun cabinet you need depends on the number and type of weapons and/or ammunition you want to purchase and own.
    • In a gun safe with resistance level 0 according to EN 1143-1 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 gun safe with resistance level 0 according to EN 1143-1 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 level 1 according to EN 1143-1 you may store an unlimited number of long guns and handguns as well as ammunition.
  • For the place where you are allowed to set up the gun safe, the following regulations apply in principle:
    • If you live in an apartment building, it is not allowed to place the gun cabinet in the basement if each resident has only a so-called basement shed, which is secured only with a door with a padlock.
    • You are allowed to store up to 3 long guns even in non-permanently inhabited buildings, such as a hunting lodge or a weekend house. For this, however, you need to keep a gun safe with resistance level 1.
    • If you live in the same household with another gun owner, you may store the guns in a shared gun safe.
  • It is also allowed to store weapons and ammunition at an arms dealer. You must provide appropriate proof of this.

Process flow

You can apply for the purchase and possession of weapons and/or ammunition requiring a permit in writing or online.

If you wish to apply for acquisition and possession in writing:

  • You fill out the form that you can obtain from the relevant weapons authority.
  • You send the signed form and proof of your regular activities in your shooting sports club as well as any required expert opinion/certificate of your personal suitability by post.
  • You can also visit the responsible weapons authority in person and submit the application.

If you want to apply for purchase and possession online:

  • You submit the report via the online service of the responsible weapons authority and upload proof of your regular activities in your shooting sports club.
  • You must send any required expert opinion/certificate of your personal suitability by post to the responsible weapons authority or bring it in person.

Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old (but only certain weapons)
  • You must prove that you are a member of a recognized shooting sports club. (Need)
  • You must prove your reliability under weapons law.
  • You will need to prove your personal suitability.
  • You must prove that you have sufficient knowledge of weapons and ammunition as well as their handling (expertise).
  • You will need to prove that you can safely store weapons and ammunition.

Please also note the detailed notes and information in the "Description" section of this website.

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport (copy)
  • Proof of competence
  • Proof of storage, e.g. purchase contract for a gun safe and/or photos of the gun safe and installation site
  • If applicable, a medical or psychological certificate of your mental fitness (if you are under 21 years old)

What are the fees?

Fee: 75,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

Appeal

Action for an obligation before the Administrative Court

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Professionally released on

17.08.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies


Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Sicherheit und Ordnung
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Maris Hackmann
Telephone: 05931 44-2472
Room:
F 472
responsible for:

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Emsbüren - Fachbereich I - Wirtschaftsförderung, Kultur und Tourismus, Marketing, Bürgermeisterbüro und IT
Address: Magistratstraße 5, 48488 Emsbüren
Timetable
Telephone: 05903 9305-0
Fax: 05903 9305-1155

Ansprechpartner

Herr Michael Hofschröer
Telephone: 05903 9305-1165
Fax: 05903 9305-1155
Room:
Zimmer Nr. 165
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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