Guns are legal in Germany, but there are strict regulations and requirements for gun ownership and use. The German Weapons Act (Waffengesetz) regulates the possession, acquisition, and use of firearms in Germany.
To legally own a gun in Germany, individuals must obtain a firearms license (Waffenbesitzkarte) or a hunting license (Jagdschein). The licensing process involves completing a background check, demonstrating knowledge of firearms safety and handling, and passing a practical test. Additionally, individuals must demonstrate a legitimate reason for owning a gun, such as hunting, sport shooting, or personal protection.
Once a license is obtained, gun owners in Germany are subject to strict storage and transport requirements, and are required to renew their licenses regularly. Certain types of firearms, such as fully automatic weapons, are prohibited in Germany.
In general, gun ownership and use in Germany is more strictly regulated than in some other countries, and there is a strong cultural emphasis on firearms safety and responsible gun ownership.