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Firearms belonging to estates of deceased persons

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The Firearms Act stipulates that, after the death of a permit holder, the administrator of the permit holder’s estate must, without delay, take possession of all firearms, firearm components, cartridges and especially dangerous projectiles belonging to the estate. Permits for possession of firearms must be obtained within six months. Alternatively, firearms can be rendered permanently unusable or surrendered to the government, free of charge.

Do the following

After the death of a firearm permit holder, the administrator of their estate should contact the police licence administration as soon as possible to settle the matter of firearm licences and permits.

To whom and on what terms

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Basic information

The service is provided byPoliisi
Responsible for the servicePoliisi
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesEnglish, Swedish, Finnish
Text edited by: Poliisi
Updated: 5/29/2020