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Old 28-11-2009, 09:43   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone clarify the laws regarding air rifles in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. I would love to take my air rifle touring next year will it be legal, any special licences needed. Anybody know the score please.
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hi roger,

found this on another forum.
relates to france but may cover other EU countries.

Assuming your rifle is 12fpe, it is overpowered for French law and therefore needs an EU permit. You can't get this from the UK Police because it's not FAC. It is therefore liable to seizure by French customs as an illegal import.

If you bring your 12fpe air rifle to France and shoot anything living, and get caught, you will be treated rather badly as it's illegal to hunt with air weapons.
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hi roger,

found this on another forum.
relates to france but may cover other EU countries.

Assuming your rifle is 12fpe, it is overpowered for French law and therefore needs an EU permit. You can't get this from the UK Police because it's not FAC. It is therefore liable to seizure by French customs as an illegal import.

If you bring your 12fpe air rifle to France and shoot anything living, and get caught, you will be treated rather badly as it's illegal to hunt with air weapons.
I thought you shoot things DEAD
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I thought you shoot things DEAD
Now that, Geo, depends on how powerful yer gun is.

the only thing my pistol will shoot dead was already dead.
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Dunno but after our 3 month tour this summer it was only as we were heading back to Calais that I noticed I had my Russian Skiff air pistol on board in its box by the hot water tank. Took it through 6 countries, probably legal but it looks lethal and may have caused a stir if discovered.
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Laws are one thing, but the interpretation of those laws by the copper on the ground is where we can get into trouble. I would not want to take an airgun touring Europe, I would feel that it was an ugly incident waiting to happen. Me n James have taken a catapult with us, given good ammo we don't miss anything at <than 25m
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find them here roger....

AIRGUN LAWS

looks like you would need a german firearms licence for yours.

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In Germany, air guns producing a muzzle energy up to 7.5 joule (J) (5.53 ft·lbf) can be owned by persons from the age of 18 years and freely acquired, provided they comply with the "F-in-pentagon-mark" that indicates projectiles fired do not exceed 7.5 J kinetic energy. For carrying air guns in public places an arms permit is necessary. The transportation of unloaded and cased air guns to a shooting range is permitted as is shooting air guns on private land.
When shooting with air guns it must be assured the projectiles can not leave the shooting area (WaffG, Section 12 (exemption of permit requirements), subsection (4), 1a. The minimum age for air gun shooting in Germany is 18 years, before 19 June 2009 it minimum age was 12, or even 10 years if an exceptional provision was granted by the appropriate German authorities. The change was made because of the Winnenden school shooting.
For the acquisition of weapons exceeding 7.5 J, so-called long range air guns, according to German law a purchase authorization is needed. Such an authorization can only be issued with a valid reason to acquire such a gun, and if the owner has mastered adequate handling skills as audited by the appropriate German authorities.
A purchase authorization is not required for air guns, manufactured and introduced onto the market before 1 January 1970 in Germany or before 2 April 1991 on the territory of the former East Germany (WaffG, Appendix 2, Section 1, Subsection 2, 1.2); they can, regardless of their muzzle energy and/or the presence of an "F-in-pentagon-mark", be freely acquired and possessed.
The storage requirements for firearms also applies to air guns.
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As long as it,s not on show I think you have to have a licences here in Spain but if your on your own land you can shot what you want but no hunting on land that you dont own and you can only hunt October till February here only on a Thursday Saturday and Sunday. Best of luck if your looking to shoot your dinner. bring a tin of beans as this lot shoot any thing that moves so not much let,
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