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Old 11.01.2021, 10:29
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Re: Job as security/bodyguard in switzerland

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Where can i find or get this special permit, i think my history shows that I only owned firearms for professional use and for having fun at the range, Because this special permit could possibly allow me to take bodyguard courses.

https://www.fedpol.admin.ch/fedpol/e...formulare.html


You want the Waffenerwerbsschein first to buy a gun. Next you will need "Gesuch für eine Waffentragbewilligung". When submitting the form, you will need to attach a letter (in German, or your local canton language), explaining why you feel you deserve for an exception to be made to the law.



You should look at attaching a (valid) firearms permit from your country of origin, a letter from your current/previous employers stating a need to carry a gun and possibly even a criminal record extract from your country of origin.


If you have multiple nationalities, it's recommended to do the above for all nationalities and bundle together.


The first submission you do is the most important. They will most likely call you (they did to me), and ask you questions as to reason, intent, capability, etc. This was in German for me (and only German - no Italian, no French, no English).



If rejected, it's highly unlikely you will ever get another chance. If approved, it's really easy to get further WESes (acquisition permits). I now just submit my B-permit + criminal record extract from CH + the serial of my previous WES and usually get a new WES within a week, no questions asked.


One last thing - what is considered "normal ammo" (hollow points) in many countries for security guards is illegal here without a(nother) special permit. It is highly unlikely you can get a permit for hollow points for this purpose. This makes penetration much more important, as with FMJ/TMJ ammo you risk injuring people behind the target (and behind walls in some cases).


All that said - my strongest suggestion is to find a company that specializes in security in CH and have a word with them. Would suck to go through all the pain of getting an exception, only to then find out they won't hire you.


Also, one thing you should read up on is the law on Swiss residents being involved in foreign armed conflicts. If you happen to work for a PMC, you don't want to be resident in CH as you risk ending up being prosecuted when you get back.



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Re: Job as security/bodyguard in switzerland

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Do you have to provide your own gun or does the company give you one? I'd definitely prefer something old school, like a 1911, rather than some plastic-fantastic, oh-no-I-just-shot-myself-in-the-leg, striker-fired thing.

What about pistol whipping? Is that required? A 1911 would, for sure, be better for that.
There's reasons police forces and the military are moving to the plastic fantastic, and the reason I hear most is weight. If you have to carry it around all day a polymer/alu frame is far nicer than a lump of steel. On the other hand if you're only ever shooting the thing it's nicer to have full steel.

For pistol whipping, a 1911 is far more of a pain to wipe clean... Or just hit them with the slide.

As for the OP, best of luck.
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