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Unlicensed firearms and explosives

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Unlicensed firearms, their parts, cartridges, especially dangerous projectiles, and explosives can be surrendered to the police without repercussions. To avoid repercussions, individuals in possession of unlicensed firearms and explosives must report these items to the police on their own initiative.

The National Police Board’s Firearms Administration organises auctions of weapons seized by the police. Auctions are announced on the police auctions website.

Do the following

A notification can be made either through the police e-service, by telephone or by printing out a form on the police website and sending it by post.

To whom and on what terms

Firearms and explosives must only be handed over to the police, never to anyone else. For your own safety, unlicensed firearms and explosives should not be touched or handled.

To avoid repercussions, individuals in possession of unlicensed firearms and explosives must report these items to the police on their own initiative. However, under the Criminal Code individuals in possession of unlicensed firearms and explosives can still be held criminally liable for any offences committed using the weapons.

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