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Inspection of the safety of firearms and ammunition.

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The National Police Board’s Firearms Administration carries out a general inspection, test firing and post-test-firing inspection of each firearm in accordance with an international inspection organisation’s method or another similar method. The inspections are cross-checked by signatory states and no inspection is required if the firearm or cartridges have already been inspected in one of the member states of the inspection organisation.

The Firearms Administration also carries out type inspections of ammunition and inspects their manufacture or import batches.

The National Police Board may grant a cartridge manufacturer or importer the right to use the cartridge inspection mark under conditions laid down separately.

Do the following

Before selling, the firearms and loaded ammunition of firearms must be submitted for inspection and approval to the National Police Board’s Firearms Administration. For more information on the inspection and approval, please contact or the police helpline by telephone.

The person submitting the firearm or ammunition for inspection has the right to request and receive a separate certificate of inspection.

To whom and on what terms

Firearms and cartridges manufactured, repaired or transferred and imported to Finland must be inspected before they are placed on the market or otherwise assigned, in order to verify their safe use as specified in the government decree. The inspection obligation does not apply to firearms and cartridges that are valuable in terms of collecting and that are manufactured, repaired, transferred or imported to Finland for the purpose of keeping them in a museum or collection.

A private manufacturing permit may include a condition that firearms manufactured for their own use must also be inspected for operational safety.

A firearm or cartridge that has not been approved in an inspection must not be kept for sale or otherwise assigned.

A fee is charged for the service.

The fee is based on a decree of the Ministry of the Interior on the payment for police services. The decree is periodically updated.


In order to verify operational safety, firearms and loaded ammunition of firearms must be inspected and approved prior to sale in accordance with the regulation on the inspection of firearms and ammunition.

Basic information

The service is provided byPoliisi
Responsible for the servicePoliisi
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Poliisi
Updated: 17/6/2022