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Exporting weapons

The Norwegian Weapons Act or Export Control Act regulates the export of firearms, parts thereof, and ammunition. The act that applies depends on the type of export.

The police are responsible for the Norwegian Weapons Act, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the Export Control Act.

As a rule, we distinguish between commercial and private export.

Commercial export

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ rules apply to the commercial export of firearms, parts thereof, and ammunition. (An example of commercial export is when registered weapons traders sell weapons outside of Norway.)

The rules also apply to exports relating to private sale abroad. A government export licence is required for the export of weapons covered by this legislation. For more information, check www.eksportkontroll.no.

Note the exception in § 8 c of the export control regulations regarding the export of firearms, parts thereof, and ammunition exported in accordance with section five of the regulation on weapons (in Norwegian).

See also: Strategic goods and defence equipment

Private export

The regulation on weapons applies to the private export of firearms, parts thereof, and ammunition.

Regulation on weapons (in Norwegian)

If the export is permanent, through sale or gift, you must have a permit from the chief of police. More information is available at politi.no (in Norwegian)

If you intend to export the weapon temporarily, such as in connection with a hunt or competition, other rules apply, see: Travelling with weapons

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