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Finland. 1998 ‘Requirements for a Firearm and Firearm Component to be Acquired.’ Firearms Act (1/1998; amendments up to 804/2003 included); Chapter 5 (Section 44). Helsinki: Minister of the Interior. 1 March

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Section 44: Requirements for a firearm and firearm component to be acquired

An acquisition permit may only be granted for a firearm or firearm component which, on the basis of the number of cartridges in the magazine, the calibre or other properties, and with regard to the purpose of use notified by the applicant, is not unnecessarily powerful or efficient, and which is suitable for the purpose of use notified by the applicant. If the purpose of use notified by the applicant is shooting of animals permitted by hunting legislation, the provisions of the Hunting Act (615/1993) and the provisions issued under it shall also be observed when assessing the suitability of the firearm.

A permit for a pocket gun or its component may be granted for keeping in a museum or collection, for keeping as a souvenir and for work where a weapon is necessary.

A permit for an automatic firearm, grenade launcher, mortar, breech-loading cannon or for a firearm of a corresponding structure and purpose of use, for a missile or rocket-launcher system or for a component of these weapons may be granted only if the purpose of use notified by the applicant is a show, filming or a corresponding presentation or keeping in a museum or collection. A permit for the above mentioned firearms or their components may, for a special reason, also be granted for work where a weapon is necessary.

A permit for a firearm disguised as an object other than a firearm or for its component may be granted only for a special reason.

[NB: Unofficial translation, legally binding only in Finnish and Swedish. Ministry of the Interior, Finland]

ID: Q2012

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