Permit to operate a shooting range: Granted

If you operate a fixed facility that serves the shooting sport or other shooting exercises with firearms, the testing of firearms or shooting with firearms for amusement (shooting range) or would like to change significantly in its nature or in the way in which it is used, you need a permit from the responsible weapons authority.

Shooting ranges in closed rooms do not require a permit for shooting exclusively for the purpose of testing firearms or ammunition by weapons or ammunition manufacturers, weapons or ammunition experts or by scientific institutions.

  • Proof of competence
  • Proof of reliability
  • unlimited information from the Federal Central Register (§ 5 Para. 5 No. 1 Weapons Act (WaffG))
  • Statement of the local police station (§ 5 Abs. 5 Nr. 3 WaffG)
  • Proof of need, if applicable
  • Proof of suitability
  • Proof of liability
  • Proof of accident insurance
  • If necessary, building permit and corresponding acceptance
  • Any necessary permits or orders in accordance with building or immission control regulations

Related Links

  • § 5 Weapons Act (WaffG)
  • § 27 Weapons Act (WaffG)


The applicant requires:

  • the required reliability, and
  • has personal aptitude and
  • proof of insurance against liability as well as against accidents related to the operation of the shooting range.
  • Building and immission control permits for the construction of the shooting range
  • Expert opinion and acceptance by a shooting range expert
  • § 6 Weapons Act (WaffG)
  • § 5 Weapons Act (WaffG)

Related Links

  • General Weapons Act Ordinance (AWaffV)
  • § 27 Weapons Act (WaffG)

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

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