The permanent transfer of a firearm by a professional from Luxembourg to another member country of the European Union (EU), or the export of that firearm to a third country requires a license for the transfer/export of firearms issued by the Arms and Security Service (Service Armes et Gardiennage) of the Ministry of Justice in Luxembourg.
The professional must also obtain a prior authorisation granted by the destination country.The prior approval is always issued by the Member State of destination, whereas the transfer licence is always issued by the Member State of origin.
Who is concerned
All professionals must apply for a transfer/export licence for:
- the export of weapons from Luxembourg to a third country, or;
- the transfer of weapons from Luxembourg to other EU countries.
This application relates to civilian firearms and their ammunition. Civilian firearms are weapons that are not acquired or held by the armed forces, the police or the public services. They therefore differ from military weapons and ammunition.
This procedure also applies when the firearms are permanently transferred by an individual.
For authorised gunsmiths, the license application is replaced by a simple transfer declaration for intra-EU movements.
No permanent transfer or export can be made without prior authorisation from the country of destination of the weapon.
In case of a transfer to another EU Member State, this authorisation may take the form of the prior agreement for the transfer of firearms to be requested from the competent authority of the Member State of destination.
In the case of an export to a third country, this prior authorisation may have different forms depending on the issuing country.
The issuance of a transfer or permanent export licence of a weapon to a foreign country is subject to a fee of EUR 25 to be paid in advance.
The taxes are paid by transfer or payment of the amount to the account CCP LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000 of the Estates office of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority, with the precise wording as detailed in the form, depending on the procedure performed.
How to proceed
Submitting the licence application
Once the prior authorisation has been obtained, the Luxembourg seller must submit an application for a transfer/export licence of a firearm abroad to the Arms and Security Department of the Ministry of Justice by email, accompanied by the following documents:
- proof of bank payment of the EUR 25 fee (transfer/payment);
- for transfers to all other EU Member States: the prior authorisation of the country of destination;
- for exports to third countries: proof issued by the competent authorities of the country of destination and, where appropriate, an EUC (End User Certificate).
An application for a European firearms transfer licence must be submitted if this document is required by the country of destination.
Transfer between licensed gunsmiths
In the case of a transfer of firearms between approved gunsmiths within the EU, no licence is required depending on the duration of the agreement (maximum 3 years).
The transaction must then simply be declared to the Ministry of Justice via the firearms transfer declaration form from an authorised gunsmith.