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Declaration of weapon incapable of firing
08/22/2019

Weapon incapable of firing - a weapon which has no capacity to be fired. Weapons rendered incapable of firing or deactivated not in accordance with law shall be handled as weapons capable of firing.
 
Rendering incapable of firing (deactivation) - is performed by the mechanical processing of any of the essential components of the firearm, as a result of which the weapon loses the capacity to be fired.

Weapons may be rendered incapable of firing and a certificate confirming incapability of firing is issued by persons who hold an activity licence for the repair or conversion of weapons

The Weapons Act is not applied to weapons, the compliance of which with the requirements for incapability of firing have been established and for which a certificate confirming incapability of firing has been issued by the Police and Border Guard Board.

A certificate issued by a person holding an activity licence for the repair or conversion of weapons is not a final document certifying that the weapon is incapable of firing. A certificate on rendering a weapon incapable of firing is issued by the Police and Border Guard Board.

Declaration of weapon incapable of firing

  • A weapon is declared incapable of firing by the Police and Border Guard Board after the weapon has been rendered incapable of firing or after the compliance with the requirements for incapability of firing has been established.
  • When a weapon is declared incapable of firing, a certificate confirming incapability of firing is issued, in accordance with Annex 3 to the European Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2403 of 15 December 2015.


A successor has the right within three months as of the date of acceptance of a succession, and an owner has the right within three months as of the creation of the right of ownership to the divided property or as of the creation of the right of ownership to the found property, to submit an application for the acquired weapon to be rendered incapable of firing or for the establishment of the compliance with the requirements for incapability of firing.
 
A weapon rendered incapable of firing in another country shall meet the requirements for incapability of firing established  in Estonia. For that purpose, an application must be submitted for the establishment of the compliance of the weapon with the requirements for incapability of firing. If a weapon has been rendered incapable of firing after 08.04.2016 in a Member State of the European Union and a certificate on rendering a weapon incapable of firing has been issued for such weapon, then the compliance with the requirements is not required.
 
 
Rendering of weapon incapable of firing

  • The owner or possessor of a weapon shall submit an application to the Police and Border Guard Board for receiving a permit for rendering a weapon incapable of firing. You will find the form of the application here.
  • The Police and Border Guard Board shall review the application within one month as of the date of payment of the state fee and submission of all the required documents. An applicant shall be notified of the refusal to issue a permit within three working days after the corresponding decision is made.
  • The permit is valid for one month. If it is impossible to use a permit within one month, the Police and Border Guard Board shall extend the period of validity of the permit by one month if there is good reason for the application for extension and if the application is submitted before the expiry of the permit (the state fee is not applicable for the extension of the permit).
  • The owner of a weapon shall present the permit and shall give the weapon for rendering incapable of firing to a person who holds an activity licence for repair or conversion of weapons. If a weapon is deposited with the police and the person has no right to handle the weapon, then the person shall agree the transportation of the weapon with a person who holds an activity licence, or shall appear to collect the weapon accompanied by a person who holds a weapons permit of the same type, for taking the weapon to a person who holds an activity licence.
  • A person who holds an activity licence shall perform the relevant procedures for rendering the weapon permanently incapable of firing and shall issue the person the certificate confirming the incapability of firing of the weapon.
  • The person himself or herself, or a person who holds an activity licence (as agreed) will take the weapon and the certificate evidencing the incapability of firing to a Service Office of the Police and Border Guard Board (except for the Service Office at Tammsaare road in Tallinn).
  • An official of the Service Office will forward the weapon to a permit official who will check the correctness of the procedures performed with the weapon and the documentation, contact the owner or holder of the weapon and issue a certificate of rendering a weapon incapable of firing.
  • The certificate of rendering a weapon incapable of firing must be stored together with the weapon rendered incapable of firing.

 
 
Establishment of compliance with the requirements for incapability of firing

  • A person who intends to bring a weapon rendered incapable of firing in another country to Estonia shall inform the Police and Border Guard Board thereof by e-mail address ppa@politsei.ee or by mail address 139 Pärnu road, Tallinn 15060 in a format which can be reproduced in writing before the weapon is brought to Estonia (before crossing the national border). The following information concerning a weapon rendered incapable of firing must be provided in the notice:
    • information on the owner or possessor, including natural person’s given name and surname, personal identification code, place of residence and phone number, and legal person’s name, registry code or registration number, address and phone number;
    • the type and marking of the weapon;
    • a copy of a certificate issued in the other country for the weapon incapable of firing, if such certificate exists;
    • the manner of transport and expected time of arrival in Estonia (The person is required to immediately inform the Police and Border Guard Board if the manner and time change).
  • A person must submit to the Police and Border Guard Board an application for the establishment of the compliance of the weapon rendered incapable of firing in another country with the requirements for incapability of firing within 30 days as of the time the weapon was brought to Estonia. The application may be submitted at a Service Office or in digitally signed format by e-mail address ppa@politsei.ee. You will find the form of the application here. With the application a person shall submit to the Police and Border Guard Board the following information and documents:
    • information on the owner or possessor, including natural person’s given name and surname, personal identification code, place of residence and phone number, and legal person’s name, registry code or registration number, address and phone number;
    • the type and marking of the weapon;
    • a copy of a certificate issued in the other country for the weapon incapable of firing, if such certificate exists.
  • The Police and Border Guard Board shall review the application within one month as of the date of payment of the state fee and submission of all the required documents. An applicant shall be notified of the refusal to issue a permit within three working days after the corresponding decision is made.
  • The permit is valid for one month. If it was impossible to use a permit within one month, the Police and Border Guard Board shall extend the period of validity of the permit by one month if there is good reason for the application for extension and if the application is submitted before the expiry of the permit (the state fee is not applicable for the extension of the permit).
  • The owner of a weapon shall present the permit and shall give the weapon for verifying  the compliance of a weapon with the requirements for incapability of firing to a person who holds an activity licence for repair or conversion of weapons.
  • If a person who holds an activity licence for the repair or conversion of weapons establishes that a weapon rendered incapable of firing in another country meets the requirements for incapability of firing in part, the owner of the weapon may let the weapon be adjusted by a person who holds an activity licence for repair or conversion of weapons, so that it will be in compliance with the requirements for incapability of firing (application for a new permit is not required, if such adjustment will be performed at a person who holds the same actvity licence).
  • The person himself or herself, or a person who holds an activity licence (as agreed) will take the weapon and the certificate evidencing the incapability of firing to a Service Office of the Police and Border Guard Board (except for the Service Office at Tammsaare road in Tallinn).
  • An official of the Service Office will forward the weapon to a permit official who will check the correctness of the procedures performed with the weapon and the documentation, contact the owner or holder of the weapon and issue a certificate of rendering a weapon incapable of firing.
  • The certificate of rendering a weapon incapable of firing must be stored together with the weapon rendered incapable of firing.



If it is impossible to make the weapon or an essential component thereof to be in compliance with the requirements for incapability of firing or the owner or possessor of a weapon does not wish that to be done

In the opposite case the owner of a weapon has two options:

  • a person who holds an activity licence for the repair or conversion of weapons shall deposit the weapon or an essential component thereof with the police;
  • an owner of the weapon shall apply with the Police and Border Guard Board for:
    • a weapons acquisition permit and a weapons permit and shall keep records of the weapon or the essential part thereof;
    • a permit for transfer, conversion or dismantling of the weapon.