Weapons that have to be declared

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Rabbit slayers (single-shot)

Rabbit slayers (single-shot)

Airsoft guns (non-firearm)

Airsoft guns (non-firearm)

Alarm pistols, blank cartridge pistols, imitation weapons

Alarm pistols, blank cartridge pistols, imitation weapons (non-firearm)

Paintball guns

Paintball guns (non-firearm)

Replicas of single-shot muzzle-loaders

Replicas of single-shot muzzle-loaders

Air and CO2 guns

Air and CO2 guns (non-firearm)

Manual repeating firearms (sports weapon)

Manual repeating firearms (sports weapon)

Single-shot and multi-barrel hunting weapons

Single-shot and multi-barrel hunting weapons

Manual repeating firearms for hunting

Manual repeating firearms for hunting

Swiss army repeating firearms

Swiss army repeating firearms such as Karabiner (carbine) 11, 31, or Langgewehr (rifle) 11

Weapons that have to be declared


To acquire weapons subject to declaration and their essential components you require a written contract detailing seller/buyer and weapon. If the weapon is a firearm, the seller must send a copy of the contract to the buyer’s cantonal firearms office within 30 days of concluding the contract.
Foreign nationals who do not possess a long-term residence permit require an acquisition permit for all types of weapons and their essential components.

Written contract for selling a weapon (PDF, 128 kB, 27.03.2014)
Cantonal firearms offices (PDF, 187 kB, 15.04.2021)
(These documents are not available in English)

You can find detailed information on weapons subject to declaration in the following leaflets:

Last modification 31.08.2020

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