Suppressors Now Legal for Hunting in Bavaria (Germany)

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson
Marienberg Fortress, Bavaria, Germany

In an interesting turn of events across the Atlantic, our friends in the German Free State of Bavaria are now allowed to hunt with a suppressor. All Shooters reports (translated from German using Google Translate)…

The authority responsible for hunting rights in Bayern authority – the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (StMELF) – In early August 2015 informed that should be approved immediately requests from hunters for the use of silencers. This innovation has been a long time longed by many hunters. What does this mean? You as a hunter can now submit an application, which is also approved as a rule from. However, some information you need to yet.

What this means, I am told by my friend Gabor Vass (Chief Editor of Kaliber Magazine) is that all local hunters from now can apply for a suppressor permit for their rifles. The permit is granted based on wording in the German Constitution.

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  • No guns but sauerkraut No guns but sauerkraut on Aug 15, 2015

    Thats interesting. They were legal in germany before, however they usually only issued them to hunters who could justify their usage because they were hunting within or close to city limits f.e. pest control.

    Even night vision for hunters are afaik currently being evaluated for night hunting approval.
    So far night vision scopes were illegal and akin to the posession of kriegswaffen(weapons of war) which brings a mighty prison sentence with it. I remember an article from bavaria 2013 that 42 hunters were testing IR Illuminators/thermal and light amplifying scopes.

    Night vision itself is not illegal, just mounting them to any firearm (or products meant to be mounted onto firearms). This includes anything that illuminates the target.
    Airsoft under 0,5 joule are considered "toys". But the moment you mount a laser or flashlight they fall under our gun control laws and can land you in serious trouble.
    I wonder if this is about to change, or if this will be just a small exception for active registered hunters

  • Ghost Ghost on Aug 16, 2015

    Nice digs.