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Portuguese gun laws and bringing guns with you when moving to Portugal?

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Does anyone here have experience with Portuguese gun laws and bringing guns with you when moving to Portugal?

I understand this may be a somewhat controversial topic, but I am referring to licensed guns used strictly for sporting purposes. (Where I live (in Sweden) we have very strict gun laws and the contribution of legally owned guns to violent crime is almost negligible (even if you count stolen guns) Most guns used in criminal contexts are smuggled in or manufactured by the criminals.)

I own a (skeet) shotgun and a couple of handguns that I use for target shooting and would like to join a club and continue my hobby in Portugal if possible. If anyone can shed some light on the rules or perhaps point me in the direction of online sources where I can find information on the subject, I would be grateful.

If it is too difficult to bring guns into Portugal, I will simply sell them before I move.

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@anders  good morning 

we have 5 years experience of trying to legalise our guns.

first you must have very good language skills written and verbal. Your guns will be lodged with an approved firearms dealer and or local police. 
you will required to take two tests   First is the hardest is to answer 20. Random questions from a pool of 500 questions, related to shooting and hunting in Portugal. Second test  is on safe gun handling.
you then join a local gun association for hunting  if you wish to hunt . Some calibres  are prohibited here

hope this helps  and good luck . 

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@anders From what I have experienced is that if you have a valid EU gun permit, not hunting permit – these are 2 different things) you can technically exchange one for the other, just like you would a driver’s license.

Storage for keeping the gun(s) here has to be a gun safe. All assembled guns you take on transit have to have a trigger guard in place.

I came from NYC, had various licenses and permits there, but would be subject to the exam in Portuguese where you get 20 questions out of 400. (I am trying to see if I can do the exam with an interpreter.)

However, I had one gun shipped in from Holland, which came from a gun-dealer and was received by another local gun-dealer. Between them there are some papers to be exchanged, no big deal, for which you pay a fee plus shipping charges. My gun is in a friends’ name, so effectively he owns the gun on paper.

The above is for shotguns in with whatever gauge. Rifles maybe slightly different, but I cant imagine very different. 

Or you bring them in person (with a non-resident hunting permit) issued you by the ICNF for a particular occasion (you will need an invitation letter from the party who you are invited by), but then you will have to take it/them out of the country again once event finished. Keeping them here is a serious risk of having them confiscated.

Believe it or not, but hand guns are easier to get a permit for then shotguns. Here a translator is permitted. As with many rules in PT, they change and different people seem to interpret the same rules differently.

I hope this gives you some insight.

Best.
Eduard van der Geest

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@eduard hi, I read your post with interest, I am studying to take the hunters card,and maybe  the shotgun and rifle licence, category C and D,i am a avid bow and crossbow user which is legal to hunt hete withand requires no license,  did you have any luck with using a translator for the rifle test?, where did you find the information that you can have a translator present for a handgun test, is there a test for handguns or just an application process?, sorry for all the questions ,but hopefull we can help esch other with information, thanks simon,

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@simoto Maybe you can get some answers here (PSP website related to weapons): https://seronline.psp.pt/psp/login.pdc#

 

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My suggestion (i’m not a lawyer and this is not legal advise)

Contact a Portuguese Lawyer.

There is a TON of information here (all legalese) but can be translated in your browser concerning ‘weapons’ as they are referred to here.

https://diariodarepublica.pt/dr/legislacao-consolidada/lei/2006-34574575

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Thank you all for your insights!

It seems that the rules in Portugal are actually quite similar to the ones we have in Sweden. Both in terms of legal requirements and things like a hunter’s exam to qualify for hunting.

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