Buying firearms


The Governor of Svalbard processes applications for permission to acquire and possess firearms and firearm accessories for persons who are registered in the Population Register of Svalbard. The processing time is normally up to six weeks, but may be longer in periods of high activity. 

Application forms for the purchase of firearms can be obtained from The Governor or a firearms dealer. The laws and regulations are in Norwegian language only.

General requirements for applicants:

  • Sober and responsible
  • At least 18 years old (21 years old for pistols or revolvers)
  • Registered in the Population Register of Svalbard
  • Foreign nationals must provide a certificate of good conduct from their home country (that is no older than six months old). The certificate must be translated into Norwegian or English by an authorised translator.
  • Persons not registered as residents in Svalbard must apply via their local police district.

Fees
Firearms permit fees are paid for at The Governor of Svalbard either via a payment terminal at the counter or by cash. For the first-time issuance of a firearms permit, the fee is NOK 1495. If extending an existing firearms permit, the fee is NOK 748. If you apply for permit to a weapon part where regsitration is mandatory, the fee is NOK 374.

When extending a firearms permit, the firearms permit number must be included in the application. The fee is the same as on the mainland.

Firearms for hunting
Firearms for hunting can be granted to applicants who are registered in the Norwegian Register of Hunters. Applicants can acquire and possess up to six complete hunting weapons. The hunter can decide themselves which firearms they want in their collection.

In order to be registered in the Norwegian Register of Hunters, you must have completed and passed the hunting proficiency test. Documentation for this must be attached to the application.

Firearms granted for hunting can also be used for protection against polar bears.

Firearms for protection against polar bears
Firearms for protection against polar bears may be granted to persons who meet the general requirements for applicants and are usually granted for .308W/30-06 calibre rifles, 12-gauge shotguns or similar firearms.

Firearms for practice and competition shooting
Firearms for practice and competition shooting may be granted to applicants that can document membership and participation in an association affiliated with an approved shooting organisation. The applicant’s shooting team/club must have (and run) a programme for shooting with the actual firearm type that is being applied for. The application must contain information about which shooting discipline the firearm is to be used.

You are only allowed to acquire and possess one firearm per programme.

To obtain permission to acquire a pistol or revolver, the applicant must document six months of active membership.

If you apply to The Governor of Svalbard for a firearm for practice and competition shooting that will also be used for protection against polar bears, you must document 12 months of active membership in an approved shooting organisation.

Those who already have permission to use firearms for practice and competition shooting can apply to The Governor of Svalbard to use the firearm for protection against polar bears. This requires documented activity in the shooting organisation.

Processing of applications
Processed applications are returned to the applicant by mail. After making payment, The Governor of Svalbard sends the firearms permit in the mail (the blue copy serves as the firearms permit until this is received). Applications containing errors/without payment or that do not include documentation will not be processed.

Firearms sellers
The seller of the firearm must complete the lower part of the application form (white copy) and immediately return this to the police together with their firearms permit. The execution of the sale shall not be made until the application for acquisition is granted.

Requirements for safe storage
All firearms subject to registration or vital parts of the firearms must be stored in an FG-approved security cabinet (FG is the Norwegian Insurance Approval Board).

Questions about buying weapons

If you have questions about buying weapons, contact The Governor on email vaapen@sysselmannen.no