Import of weapons by staff members of foreign diplomatic and consular representations

18.03.2016. 16:27

Pursuant to the legislation of the Republic of Latvia, members of staff of foreign Diplomatic and Consular representations in the Republic of Latvia may, after coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and receiving a permit from the State Police, purchase, keep or carry and use in the performance of their duties, B category semi-automatic repeat action or single shot short barreled firearms with caliber not exceeding 9mm. In order to acquire and possess a firearm or firearm component, the applicant must contain a justifiable purpose for its use. A license must be acquired in advance of the import of the firearm into Latvia.

Staff members of foreign Diplomatic and Consular representations with valid State Police’s issued permit for import, export or transit of a firearm, through the border may transport their B category short barreled firearm in its holster, without cartridges in the magazine.

In order to receive an import or export permit for a firearm, an Embassy shall submit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a note containing the following information:

  • Name and surname of the importer
  • Passport number
  • Date of import
  • Type, calibre, registration number of the firearm and number of cartridges

The imported firearms shall be registered with the State Police within five days.

Prior to the registration a mandatory test shot should be carried out at the Forensic Department (Bruņinieku iela 72B, Riga, LV 1009, tel.: +371 6720 8754), as provided by the legislation of the Republic of Latvia. The Diplomatic Mission may request the issue of a firearm carrying license only after a test shot has been carried out.

In order to receive the firearm caring and storage license, the Mission shall submit an application to the State Protocol with the following information:

  • Name and surname of the carrier
  • Number of diplomatic or service passport
  • Required term of the permit (up to 5 years)
  • Type, caliber, registration number of the firearm and number of cartridges
  • Confirmation from the Forensic Department that the test shot has been completed

In addition, the firearm’s owner’s photo (3x4 cm) should be attached to the application.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the activities necessary for registration of the firearm cannot be carried out within the prescribed five days, the weapon shall be handed over to the State Police until the registration of the weapon is completed.