Lending firearms

Anyone who has permission to own firearms subject to mandatory permits may borrow similar firearms. The lender must ensure that the borrower has a permit before the firearm is loaned, and must provide the borrower with a loan declaration.

Persons who do not already have a firearms permit for a similar type of firearm must apply for a loan permit before they can borrow firearms. The office of the Governor of Svalbard processes applications for loans of firearms in Svalbard. The processing time is six weeks. Visitors from the mainland must apply for a loan permit from their own police district.  

The applicant must meet the general requirements for age, conduct and personal characteristics stipulated in Sections 15, 16 and 17 of the New Firearms Act.

If the firearm is to be used for polar bear protection, the application is also assessed in accordance with the same conditions as for acquisition for the same purpose under Section 5-7 of the new Firearms Regulations. One of the conditions that must be met is that the applicant can document having "sufficient proficiency in the use of firearms" for the firearm in question. This may include completed national service, activity in an approved shooting organisation, registration in the hunter register or safety courses that provide basic knowledge of firearms. The borrower is obliged to attach such documentation to their loan application. Documentation related to the application must be submitted in English or Norwegian. Translation of original documents must be certified by the issuer of the document. 

The lender shall complete a loan declaration in accordance with Section 6-9 of the new Arms Regulations. Lending of firearms is no longer time-limited to four weeks. However, the loan period shall be stated in the loan declaration.

The fee for obtaining a permit to borrow a firearm is NOK 248.