Air and CO2 Guns
A weapon that operates by CO2, air, or springs is known as a “limited effect" weapon.
Importing such a weapon to Sweden without a permit requires that the person importing the weapon be at least 18 years of age and that the weapon has a limited effect. This means that the projectile that is fired has an impact energy that is less than 10 joules at a distance of four meters from the weapon´s muzzle.
If a weapon is operated with a firing mechanism using other than CO2, compressed air, springs or other similar propellants, it always requires a permit.
An example of the type of weapon that could be permit-free, for instance, is a 4,5 mm airgun with a bullet speed of maximum of 200 meters/second at a distance of four meters from the weapon´s muzzle.
If the weapon is fully automatic, the impact energy may only be a maximum of three joules at a distance of four meters from the weapon´s muzzle.
For paintball weapons, the projectile (the paint capsule) must have a diameter of no less than 16 mm. If the weapon has a greater impact energy than that which is described above, or if the weapon is fired with a charge other than CO2, compressed air, springs or other similar propellants, or if the person importing the weapon is less than 18 years old, an import permit issued by the police authority is required for each particular instance.
Regulations concerning the import of air and CO2 guns (“limited effect" weapons) can be found in Chapter 2, §1 of the Weapons Act (1996:67) and in Chapter 1, §2 of the Weapons Ordinance (1996:70).
If a person exports a dangerous object to another EU country, a customs export declaration is not required. However, one must verify what applies in the receiver country. Contact the country´s customs authority for further information. When an item is destined for a country outside the EU, a customs export declaration must be filed with us.
Last updated: 2019-11-26
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