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Exporting firearms

The Norwegian Firearms 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 Firearms 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 firearms traders sell firearms outside of Norway.)

The rules also apply to exports relating to private sale abroad. A government export licence is required for the export of firearms covered by this legislation. For more information, check

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 firearms (in Norwegian).

See also: Strategic goods and defence equipment

Private export

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

Regulation on firearms (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 (in Norwegian)

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

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