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Extend your firearms licence

You will receive the firearms license for a maximum of 3 years. You can have your firearms licence extended twice for a maximum of 3 years.

You will receive the firearms licence for carrying weapons that require a permit. 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). A list of weapons for which you do not need a permit to acquire and possess 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.

With the firearms license you will be allowed to use a weapon outside

  • your own apartment,
  • the company's own business premises,
  • of one's own pacified property (e.g. one's own garden) and
  • a shooting range

to carry. 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.

In order to obtain the firearms license, you must

  • have the appropriate age, and
  • Your need,
  • Your reliability in terms of weapons law,
  • Your personal suitability,
  • Your expertise in the handling of weapons and ammunition,
  • liability insurance covering personal injury and property damage in the amount of 1 million euros, as well as
  • the safe storage of weapons and ammunition


Whether you (still) meet the requirements will be checked again during the renewal.

If you move to another city or municipality, you do not have to have your gun license rewritten.

If you handle weapons and ammunition without the required weapons permit, you may be fined or imprisoned.

You must have your firearms licence extended by the relevant firearms authority. Submit the application along with the required documents.

The firearms authority will renew your firearms license if you meet the necessary requirements.

Weapons Authority

  • You must have a valid permit to acquire and possess a weapon (e.g. gun possession card).
  • You must have a firearms license.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must prove that it is necessary for you to carry weapons in public (need).
    In order to be allowed to carry weapons in public, you must give a credible reason to the responsible weapons authority. As a rule, a credible reason is accepted if
    • their lives are at great risk;
    • You can credibly present other reasons why you want to carry weapons in public.
  • You must prove your reliability under weapons law.
    Among other things, you can be considered unreliable under weapons law if
    • You have been sentenced to a prison sentence of at least 1 year within the last 10 years or have been a member of or have supported a banned organization in the last 10 years.
    • it can be assumed that you misuse or improperly handle weapons or ammunition, do not store these items carefully or leave them 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 for violent acts.
    • You have repeatedly or grossly violated the gun law.
  • You will need to prove your personal suitability.
    Among other things, you may be assessed as personally unsuitable if:
    • You are legally incapacitated.
    • 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 impairments.
    • 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. 
  • You must have taken out liability insurance that covers personal injury and property damage at a flat rate of 1 million euros.
  • Identity card or passport (copy)
  • Gun possession card and gun license
  • Proof of a need (e.g. proof of endangerment of your person)
  • Proof of liability insurance in the amount of 1 million euros (lump sum for personal injury and property damage)


To be able to fill out the application faster, you can use the NWR identification numbers (NWR ID):

  • Your Personal NWR ID (P or F NWR ID) for your personal information
  • the Permit NWR ID for the Weapons Permit (E-NWR ID)
  • the weapon or weapon part NWR ID (W or T-NWR ID).

You can obtain the NWR IDs upon application from the responsible weapons authority.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

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

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Maris Hackmann
Telephone: 05931 44-2472
F 472
responsible for:
Henriette Schnieders
Telephone: 05931 44-1473
F 473
responsible for:

Data protection information

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

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