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How do I ‘acquire’ a gun, legally speaking? Do I need a contract, an acquisition permit or a licence?
In addition to buying one, you can ‘acquire’ a gun through exchange, as a gift or by inheriting, renting or borrowing the weapon.
Depending on the type of firearm, you will need a contract, a firearms acquisition permit or an exceptional licence.
|Type of firearm||What you need to acquire the gun|
|Examples of firearms subject to a notification requirement:
A written contract with details of the person transferring and the person acquiring the weapon and the weapon itself.
In the case of firearms, the holder must send the contract to the new holder’s cantonal authority within 30 days.
|Examples of firearms requiring a licence:
Firearms acquisition permit:
You have to send an application along with a criminal record certificate and a copy of your passport or ID card to the cantonal weapons office.
|Prohibited weapons||Cantonal exceptional permit|
To obtain a permit: