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Estonia. 2002 ‘Weapons Permit.’ Weapons Act (Riigi Teataja I 2001, 65, 377) [with amendments to June 2004]; Section 33 (Chapter 5). Tallinn: Riigi Teataja (State Gazette). 31 March

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§ 34. Weapons Permit

(1) Upon registration of a weapon, the police prefecture shall issue a weapons permit to the owner or possessor of the weapon. The basis for the issue of a weapons permit is a decision made by the head of a police prefecture.

(2) A weapons permit held by a natural person grants the holder of the permit the right to store, carry and convey a weapon and ammunition therefor pursuant to the procedure and under the conditions provided for in this Act and legislation issued on the basis thereof, and also the right to acquire ammunition which corresponds to the model of the weapon. The quantity of ammunition purchased on any single occasion shall not exceed the quantity indicated in subsection 46 (4) of this Act.

(3) Several weapons permits may be issued for a weapon belonging to a natural person. A weapons permit issued to a natural person who is not the owner of the weapon is called a parallel weapons permit.

(4) A parallel weapons permit shall be granted to one or two natural persons if the owner of the weapon has granted written authorisation for the person or persons specified to use the weapon belonging to the owner.

(5) Upon the delivery of a weapon into the possession of a holder of a parallel weapons permit, an instrument of delivery and receipt shall be prepared concerning the weapon which sets out the place, date and time of receipt of the weapon. The instrument shall be prepared in two original copies of which one shall be retained by the deliverer and the other by the recipient of the weapon. An identical instrument shall be prepared upon the return of the weapon to the owner.

(6) A weapons permit held by a legal person grants the holder of the permit the right to acquire corresponding ammunition, to store and convey (transport) the weapon and ammunition, and to issue the weapon and ammunition to its employees pursuant to the procedure and under the conditions provided for in this Act and legislation issued on the basis thereof.

(7) The duration of a weapons permit is five years. The duration of a parallel weapons permit is limited by the duration of the weapons permit held by the owner of the weapon, and a parallel weapons permit becomes invalid upon revocation of the weapons permit held by the owner of the weapon.

(8) A weapons permit shall be issued for a shorter period:
1) if so requested by the applicant;
2) to a person who is staying in Estonia for less than five years;
3) to a legal person whose specified term of activity is less than five years.

(8a) The validity of a weapons permit issued to an alien holding a temporary residence permit shall not exceed the validity of his or her residence permit. Upon revocation of the residence permit, the weapons permit shall also be revoked.

(9) A person who has been awarded a weapon registered in his or her own name by the Minister of Internal Affairs or the Minister of Defence pursuant to the procedure provided by law shall be granted a weapons permit for the weapon without a specified term.

(10) The holder of a weapons permit is required to notify a police prefecture promptly in writing if the permit is destroyed or lost.

(11) The standard format for weapons permits, including the standard format for parallel weapons permits, shall be established by a regulation of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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