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Gun ownership card: issuance - for sport shooters

The yellow gun ownership card allows sports shooters to purchase certain firearms and the associated ammunition.
With a gun ownership card for sport shooters, you can purchase the following firearms:

  • Single-shot long guns with smooth and (or) rifled barrels
  • Repeating long guns with rifled barrels
  • Single-barrel single-shot handguns for cartridge ammunition
  • Multi-shot handguns and long guns with primer ignition (percussion weapons)

There is no limit to the number of weapons you can purchase, but you are usually only allowed to purchase two weapons within six months.

Process flow

You will receive the yellow gun ownership card upon request.
For this purpose, submit the certificate issued by your shooting sports association and any other necessary documents to the competent authority for examination.
The competent authority checks whether the requirements are met and issues you the yellow gun ownership card. After the purchase of a weapon, an application must be made to the competent authority within two weeks for entry in the yellow gun ownership card.

Who should I contact?

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


The general requirements for issuing weapons permits must be met. These are:

Minimum age
In principle, a minimum age of 25 years applies. By way of derogation, the following exceptions apply:

  • For the first time a weapons permit, a minimum age of 21 years applies, if you can submit a positive opinion on the mental aptitude.
  • A minimum age of 18 years applies to the issuance of a weapons permit for small calibre weapons and shotguns.

As a rule, applicants do not have the reliability of weapons law if, for example, they have been convicted of crimes in connection with the handling of weapons. The determination is usually made on the basis of information from the Federal Central Register, the Central Public Prosecutor's Register of Proceedings and by querying the local police authorities.

Personal suitability
People only possess personal aptitude if they are mentally and physically able to handle weapons. This is not the case, for example, with alcohol or drug dependence. In the event of doubts as to personal suitability, the competent authority is obliged to provide the applicant with a specialist medical or psychological report at his own expense.

The applicant must have the necessary expertise. Competence is usually proven after a course at an authorized institution by passing an examination.

The applicant must submit a certificate of a need to acquire and possess a weapon from a recognised shooting sports association. The certificate shall contain at least:

  • You are a member of a shooting sports club that belongs to one of the following shooting sports associations:
    • Bund der Militär- und Polizeischützen (BDMP) e. V.
    • Deutscher Schützenbund e. V.
    • Deutsche Schießsportunion e. V.
    • Verband der Reservisten der Deutschen Bundeswehr e. V.
    • Kyffhäuserbund e. V.
    • Bund Deutscher Sportschützen e. V.
    • Bund der Historischen Deutschen Schützenbruderschaft e. V.
    • Bayerische Kameraden – und Soldatenvereinigung e. V.
    • Bayerischer Soldatenbund (1874) e. V.
  • They have been regularly participating in shooting sports in the club for at least 12 months. Regular means:
    • once a month or
    • 18 times throughout the year.
  • The weapon to be acquired is approved for shooting on the basis of an approved shooting sports regulation.

Proof of safe storage
Firearms must be stored in special security containers (special safes).

The competent authority will advise you on individual cases on the requirements to be fulfilled.

Which documents are required?

  • Application for the issuance of a gun ownership card for sport shooters
  • Certificate of need of your shooting sports association or a sub-association affiliated to it
  • Proof of expertise
  • Proof of safe storage
  • Identity card or passport

In addition, further documents may be required:

  • Positive specialist or psychological assessment of mental aptitude in persons between the ages of 21 and 25

What are the fees?

Fees apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

What else should I know?

The acquired weapons do not have to be approved and required for a discipline of the federation or the club in which the sports shooter is organized. It should also be possible for the sports shooter to practice the shooting sport with his own weapon as a guest shooter. However, because of the general principle of need, it must be a weapon for sporting shooting on the basis of an approved shooting sports regulation.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
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
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


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

Stadt Meppen
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 153
Fax: 05931 153-5253
Opening Hours:
Mon to Wed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registry Office Meppen Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (afternoons by appointment only) Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Department of Labour and Social Affairs Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment

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)