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Applying for a permit for weapons and ammunition as a result of an inheritance


If you take possession of weapons or ammunition after the death of the gun owner, you must notify the competent authority immediately. As heirs, legatees and beneficiaries of a condition, you legally acquire and own the weapon, even if a firearms permit has not yet been granted. However, you must apply for permission to be granted in due time. You will receive permission if the testator was the authorized owner and you are reliably and personally suitable. You don't need to be knowledgeable. In principle, inherited weapons requiring a permit must be secured with a blocking system. A security by a blocking system is not required if, for example, as a hunter or sports shooter, you are the authorized owner of a firearm that requires a permit. If there is no state-of-the-art safety blocking system for the hereditary weapon, you must apply for an exemption from the obligation to block.

You can obtain permission as follows:

  • You submit an application and submit the necessary documents
  • the required documents will be checked, if necessary you must submit further required documents later
  • Your reliability, your personal suitability, the testator's legitimate possessions, your acquisition as a result of an inheritance and, if applicable, the existence of a blocking system will be checked.
  • the decision under weapons law is made

Please contact your county's weapons department. If you live in Dessau-Roßlau, please also contact the weapons authority.

If you live in Halle or Magdeburg, please contact the respective police headquarters.

  • You have reached the age of 18.
  • They are reliable within the meaning of the Weapons Act.
  • They are personally suitable within the meaning of the Weapons Act.
  • the testator was the authorized owner
  • You are the acquirer as a result of an inheritance
  • You have had a blocking system installed for firearms requiring a permit, unless there is another need according to § 8 and §§ 13 ff WaffG
  • Proof of acquisition as a result of an inheritance, e.g. right to inherit, certificate of inheritance
  • Proof that your weapons and/or ammunition are safely stored
  • if necessary, proof of the installation of a blocking system

Administrative fee
First gun ownership card with a weapon: EUR 45, other weapon: EUR 10;
Administrative fee
Follow-up weapon possession card: EUR 10, additional weapon: EUR 10;
Administrative fee
Entering a weapon in an existing gun ownership card: EUR 40, another weapon: EUR 10
Administrative fee
Entering or carrying out the securing of a firearm with a blocking system: EUR 15;
Administrative fee
Admission of an exemption from the blocking obligation: EUR 25

Application deadline for heir: 1 month after acceptance of the inheritance or expiry of the waiver period;
Application deadline for legatee and beneficiary: 1 month from the date of purchase of the firearm

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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