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Old 20.02.2020, 12:28
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Importing Firearms?

I have a few firearms not in CH, some of which are not considered a firearm in the country they are in (e.g. a blank firing pistol, or an air rifle under 1Joule).

That said, based on my understanding of Swiss firearms laws, they would be covered as a firearm here and need a permit.

Does anyone know if this would be a "normal" WES? Do I need to specify somewhere that I will be importing them?

How does one deal with the lack of serial numbers (or indeed manufacturer/model) on some of the older pieces?

Similarly, I note that while firearms are duty free, they carry a 7.7% VAT - no, considering I have had some of these in my possession 20+ years, how do I declare the value?
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Re: Importing Firearms?

The "Bloke on the Range" youtube channel has a long video on Swiss gun laws, including a bit starting at 39:25 about Swiss import marks. It sounds like you need to find a Swiss dealer willing to mark and certify them for you.
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Re: Importing Firearms?

In moving to Switzerland from the US I chose to leave the vast majority of my guns at home. The only one I brought was a Vettereli from the late 1800s, and even though back in the US it's considered an antique it required registration here.


The lack of serial numbers were not a problem, we did not have to pay any extra taxes on it, although we ended up registering it under my wife's name (she is Swiss) since doing it under mine was far more complicated.
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