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Arms trade: Taking a specialist examination


If you purchase, hold, place or visit orders, leave or arrange the acquisition, distribution or transfer of firearms or ammunition as part of an economic enterprise, you will need an arms trade permit. You can prove the necessary expertise by means of a specialist examination before the examination committee of your federal state, unless you have the qualification prescribed by the Arms Act.

In the expert examination before the Examination Committee, you will show your knowledge about:

  • firearms and ammunition of all kinds if you have applied for a comprehensive arms trade permit,
  • or the types of firearms and ammunition for which you have applied for permission to trade.

The performance of the weapons expertise examination and the management of the examination committee for proof of expertise in the arms trade are usually entrusted to an Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) of your federal state. The Audit Committee is generally responsible for your country.

Participation in the examination is subject to a fee. You can find out the amount of the fees from the competent authority.

The examination is passed orally. It should usually last at least 30 minutes, but not exceed 60 minutes. The tests are carried out as individual tests.

If you have already applied for permission to trade in arms, the authority concerned shall notify you directly to the Audit Committee and notify the scope of the examination. You will then be invited directly by the Audit Committee for examination.

The Audit Committee will inform you directly of the outcome of your audit. If it is positive, you will receive an examination certificate. You must send a copy of this certificate to the authority processing your application.

If you do not pass the exam, you will receive a notification. The Audit Committee is entitled to provide the notice of non-existence with a blocking period until the next re-examination.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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