In Germany, gun safes must comply with the provisions stipulated in the Weapons Act (WaffG).
This Weapons Act has been amended with effect from 6 July 2017. One of the subjects of the “Second Amendment of the Weapons Act and other provisions” includes the provisions relating to the storage of weapons.
For any new purchases from now on, only gun safes with a minimum resistance grade of N (0) according to EN 1143-1 will be recognised. With immediate effect, gun safes with security levels A and B according to VDMA 24992 are no longer permitted. A and B gun safes already in use, however, may remain in use as a result of a grandfather clause.
The most essential information on the regulations and original sources has been collated on this page for your convenience.
The German Weapons Act is binding for all firearms owners within Germany. Particularly given the more stringent controls put in place by the authorities, firearms owners should always err on the side of caution when it comes to storing their weapons.
If you are uncertain about what type of gun safe you need for your weapons and ammunition, or whether your “old” gun safe is still compliant with the current Weapons Act, then get in touch with your responsible authority. Generally speaking, this will be your public order office or police department, which also carry out the corresponding gun safe controls.
It goes without saying that our specialists are also experts in this field and are always on hand to answer your questions, whether you’re interested in the correct storage of weapons according to the Weapons Act or would simply like some advice on our gun safes. Just give us a call!