Banned weapons, ammunition and weapon components

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Automatic firearms
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Automatic firearms

Automatic firearms modified to semi-automatic firearms (but not Swiss army automatic firearms modified to semi-automatic firearms)
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Automatic firearms modified to semi-automatic firearms (but not Swiss army automatic firearms modified to semi-automatic firearms)

Light machine guns
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Light machine guns

Laser devices, night-vision devices, silencers and grenade launchers as an addition to a firearm
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Laser devices, night-vision devices, silencers and grenade launchers as an addition to a firearm

Electrical shock equipment
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Electrical shock equipment that impairs a person’s power of resistance or permanently damages a person’s health

Butterfly knives
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Butterfly knives

Knife
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Knives whose blade can be opened automatically using one hand (switchblade or flick knife)

Throwing knives
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Throwing knives

Daggers with a symmetrical blade
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Daggers with a symmetrical blade

Banned weapons, ammunition and weapon components


Banned weapons, essential and specially constructed components, as well as weapon accessories require a special cantonal permit. Applications for an exemption permit must be submitted to the cantonal firearms office in writing and must contain the reasons why you require the weapon. Permits may be issued for the following weapons in particular:
  • Sports (combat) weapons used in sports clubs
  • Banned knives used by disabled persons or by certain occupational groups
Cantonal firearms offices
(This document is not available in English)

You can find detailed information on banned weapons and weapon accessories in the following leaflets:

(These documents are not available in English)

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