Arms trade to carry out expert examination

As part of the permit procedure for the commercial arms trade, you must prove the relevant expertise. For this purpose, you take a specialist examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).

Usually, the examination is carried out on the order of the authority with which you have applied for a firearms permit and cannot be applied for separately.

Depending on the size of the trade permit you apply for, the examination includes certain categories of weapons.

In the theoretical part of the exam, you must demonstrate knowledge of the rules on the trade in firearms and ammunition, the acquisition and conduct of firearms, and the broad outlines of other gun regulations.

In the practical part of the test, you must demonstrate safe handling of the tested weapon categories. These include, among other things, disassembly and assembling, naming essential parts and describing how it works.

Um die Fachkundepr├╝fung f├╝r den Handel mit Waffen und Munition erfolgreich abzulegen, brauchen Sie nicht nur theoretische, sondern auch praktische Kenntnisse. Therefore, extensive preparation is recommended.

If you have applied for a permit to trade ammunition, the treatment of the used ammunition and its use in the associated firearm will be examined.

As a master of the craftsman's role, you already have the expertise and do not have to prove it again by means of an examination at the Chamber of Commerce.

  • If necessary, notification by the trade authorisation authority that the examination should take place
  • Official photo ID for identification during the examination
  • Forms: as a rule, you will receive all necessary forms from the authority that issues arms trade permits, in some cases also directly from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Typeform requirement: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes


- as a rule, the authority to which you applied for the arms trade permit must notify or pre-register you for the examination

Related Links

  • Section 22 paragraph 1 Of the Arms Act (WaffG)
  • Section 15 and Section 16 General Arms Act Ordinance (AWaffV)

Normally, you apply for permission to trade weapons and are then reported to the competent licensing authority for examination. Some chambers of commerce and industry can or must register for yourself.

  • You will normally receive a notification from the trade authorisation authority that the examination should be carried out
  • Your registration will be confirmed by the Chamber of Commerce and I/o will receive an invitation to the examination date
  • You pass the on-site examination at the Chamber of Commerce
  • You will receive the certificate of the successfully passed expert examination by the Chamber of Commerce

With the re-assignment of the specialist, you can continue the permit tinging procedure for the arms trade.

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