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We live in Texas and enjoying going to shooting ranges.

I understand we can't bring our guns over there, but it sounds like there are gun clubs we can join and keep our guns there?
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We live in Texas and enjoying going to shooting ranges.

I understand we can't bring our guns over there, but it sounds like there are gun clubs we can join and keep our guns there?
I keep my gun with me..!!
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Old 05.03.2013, 19:32
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You absolutely can bring your guns here and you can absolutely keep them at your home (as a matter of fact, many shooting clubs do not allow you to store firearms at their premises). You just need a permit!

There are three main kinds of firearm permits in switzerland:

1. A weapon acquisition/owning permit for semiautomatic arms. This allows you to acquire/own firearms, but not carry a loaded firearm. E.g. you are allowed to take the guns from your home to the shooting range, but nothing more. E.g. stopping at a gas station on your way to the range is OK (with the guns safely in the trunk), but randomly mulling around in a city with a gun on your back will probably attract interest from the police . Basically all non-auto guns up to .50 caliber are covered by this permit.
2. Weapon carry permit. This allows you to carry loaded guns in public. Rarely handed out and most likely only to citizens. Even then, most likely only to people working in security and ex-police or military.
3. Permit for fully automatic weapons. This is a special permit that allows you to own (not carry) an automatic weapon. Again, this is difficult to get and comes with a whole bunch of caveats, e.g. you must agree upfront with the local police each time you go to range to shoot it. Many ranges do not allow automatic fire at all!

I assume you have a bunch of hunting rifles, some scatterguns and maybe some semi auto AR15 variants for fun, in this case, you are covered by the simple weapon owning permit (WES - Waffenerwerbsschein).

There are a few things that you'll need to sort out. First and foremost I'd get in touch with the police department of the area where you are moving to. They'll give you a simple form (if I remember correctly, it is just one page). You'll need to pencil in your details and the firearms that you wish to take with you. You'll also need a copy of your criminal record in Switzerland.

If you have a C permit, you are done. You submit the forms and the copy of the criminal record, wait 2-3 weeks and then you get the permit by post.

If you don't have a C permit, then you need a written document from the police of your home country (US - Texas in your case), that they have no qualms about you owning firearms. You need to have this translated to german and the translation stamped by a notary proving that it is genuine. Note, this doesn't need to be a permit of any kind, just a simple document stating: "The police of XYZ have no objections for JRABBIT to own firearms in Switzerland". Otherwise the process stays the same.
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Is it cocked and ready to fire?
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You absolutely can bring your guns here and you can absolutely keep them at your home (as a matter of fact, many shooting clubs do not allow you to store firearms at their premises). You just need a permit!

There are three main kinds of firearm permits in switzerland:

1. A weapon acquisition/owning permit for semiautomatic arms. This allows you to acquire/own firearms, but not carry a loaded firearm. E.g. you are allowed to take the guns from your home to the shooting range, but nothing more. E.g. stopping at a gas station on your way to the range is OK (with the guns safely in the trunk), but randomly mulling around in a city with a gun on your back will probably attract interest from the police . Basically all non-auto guns up to .50 caliber are covered by this permit.
2. Weapon carry permit. This allows you to carry loaded guns in public. Rarely handed out and most likely only to citizens. Even then, most likely only to people working in security and ex-police or military.
3. Permit for fully automatic weapons. This is a special permit that allows you to own (not carry) an automatic weapon. Again, this is difficult to get and comes with a whole bunch of caveats, e.g. you must agree upfront with the local police each time you go to range to shoot it. Many ranges do not allow automatic fire at all!

I assume you have a bunch of hunting rifles, some scatterguns and maybe some semi auto AR15 variants for fun, in this case, you are covered by the simple weapon owning permit (WES - Waffenerwerbsschein).

There are a few things that you'll need to sort out. First and foremost I'd get in touch with the police department of the area where you are moving to. They'll give you a simple form (if I remember correctly, it is just one page). You'll need to pencil in your details and the firearms that you wish to take with you. You'll also need a copy of your criminal record in Switzerland.

If you have a C permit, you are done. You submit the forms and the copy of the criminal record, wait 2-3 weeks and then you get the permit by post.

If you don't have a C permit, then you need a written document from the police of your home country (US - Texas in your case), that they have no qualms about you owning firearms. You need to have this translated to german and the translation stamped by a notary proving that it is genuine. Note, this doesn't need to be a permit of any kind, just a simple document stating: "The police of XYZ have no objections for JRABBIT to own firearms in Switzerland". Otherwise the process stays the same.
Xynth, thank you for detailed explanation, by the way do you know, how expensive is to be an active gun owner in CH? I would like to get myself Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 Semi-Auto Rifle, this is around 700chf. Ammo is cheap as it is .22 caliber. If I want to shoot, basically practice for myself once a week, do I need to be a part of sport club? if i have to how expensive is it? Also I have heard of the liability insurance. I would like to know all expenses before I am getting into it.
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