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Firearm Transfer Permit Requirement for Hunters Transiting Frankfurt, Germany

By Barbara Crown, Editor

Authorities in Frankfurt, Germany, have implemented a requirement for a firearms "travel license" when transiting the Frankfurt airport. We distributed an Email Extra Bulletin regarding the requirement on July 11, 2013. Travelers, we were told, must acquire the transit permit ahead of travel and pay a processing fee before application for the permit. The information came from Sabrina Stock with the Public Affairs Office of the City of Frankfurt. The requirement had supposedly been in place for some time, but the pre-processing fee of €20 was new.

Despite Ms. Stock's assurances that the requirement is German law, the situation is not so clear, as we reported in the August 2013 issue of The Hunting Report. The requirement may be a misinterpretation of the law, which apparently provides an exception for at least hunters from the European Union with a firearms pass. We acquired an English translation of the Weapons Law in the Federal Republic of Germany that was posted to the German Embassy's website in Oslo. You can read the law for yourself (see Article 6.1 and .2, as well as 6.4.1).

We are continuing to look into this situation with the assistance of John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force and the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities. Until we have a clear understanding of what is actually required by the law, our advice to non-EU hunters is either to get the permit or avoid flying through Frankfurt.

Below is a copy of the application for the permit with an English translation (submit only the German version), information from Ms. Stock on who must have the permit and where to submit it, and instructions on how to pay the fee. Be aware that it takes four weeks to process the application.



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