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Germany. 2010 ‘Legislation, Regulations and Administrative Procedures - War Weapons.’ National Report of Germany on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 18.104.22.168. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February
The War Weapons Control Act stipulates that all handling of "war weapons" requires prior approval; this requirement primarily refers to the manufacture, acquisition and transfer of actual control, to all types of transport (within Germany; import, export and transit), and to deals by intermediaries, even if the war weapons do not enter German territory.
Any manufacturing, acquisition, transport, and transfer of, as well as trade with war weaponry requires a public license to be issued before engaging in these activities. As a rule, these licenses are granted individually for a specific period of time, hereby covering a limited number of pieces.
Licenses are only granted after a reliability test, in the course of which the central penal register is consulted.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the competent ministries in those federal states, where licensable transactions shall take place, have to give their consent prior to the issuance of a license.