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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Applying for a permit to carry weapons


If you wish to carry a firearm in public, i.e. outside your home or business premises, your pacified property or a shooting range, you require a firearms license. If you only wish to carry alarm, irritant or signal weapons, a small firearms license is sufficient.

The firearms license may be subject to conditions. When renewing the firearms license, all permit requirements must be checked again.

In contrast to the firearms license, the small firearms license is issued for an unlimited period.

Note: A distinction is made between the firearms license and the firearms possession card.

You can be issued a firearms license if you

  • of legal age (18 years),
  • Reliable (no criminal record; proof of a certificate of good conduct) and
  • are personally suitable (you will not be granted the required suitability, for example, if you are legally incompetent, addicted to alcohol or drugs or mentally ill).

You also need the following for a firearms license

  • Proof of a need (reasonable cause),
  • Proof of liability insurance,
  • Proof of technical and legal firearms expertise (for example, the hunter's examination is considered proof)
  • Completed application form
  • Identity card or passport (for foreign nationals: national passport)
  • Proof of expertise
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Possibly an official or specialist medical or psychological certificate

Firearms license: EUR 315.00

Small firearms license: EUR 66.00

Extension of the period of validity: EUR 257.00

The firearms license is issued by the firearms authority in your district or city.

You apply for a firearms license from the relevant authority and enclose all the necessary documents:

  • The authority will then check whether you meet the necessary requirements for the issue of a firearms license.
  • The firearms license is issued to you for a period of 3 years, after which the period of validity can be extended by a maximum of 2 further 3-year periods due to various occasions or areas.

The issue of a permit to carry a weapon (firearms license) always requires the issue of a permit to acquire and possess weapons (weapons possession card). This does not apply to the issue of a small firearms license.

Ministry of the Interior and Sport Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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