Weapons and dangerous objects
You must always give Swedish Customs notification if you are crossing Sweden’s border with a weapon that requires a permit. Failure to do this is punishable.
Several public authorities are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules for carrying weapons and dangerous objects into or from Sweden: Swedish Customs, the Swedish Police Authority, Sweden’s Inspectorate of Strategic Products and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.
The different authorities have different roles:
- Swedish Customs checks that the rules are complied with at the border.
- The Swedish Police Authority and Sweden’s Inspectorate of Strategic Products issue permits for the importation and exportation of weapons.
- The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is responsible for issuing permits for the importation of laser pointers.
Swedish Customs’ powers are regulated in several pieces of legislation:
- Tullagen (2016:253) (information about the Swedish Customs act in Swedish)
- Lag (1996:701) om Tullverkets befogenheter vid Sveriges gräns mot ett annat land inom Europeiska unionen (information about the internal border act in Swedish)
- Vapenlagen (1996:67) (information about Sweden’s offensive weapons act in Swedish)
- Vapenförordning (1996:70) (information about Sweden’s offensive weapons ordinance in Swedish)
- Lag (1992:1300) om krigsmateriel (information about Sweden’s military equipment act in Swedish)
- Förordning (1990:415) om tillstånd till införsel av vissa farliga föremål (information about Sweden’s permits for importation of certain dangerous objects ordinance in Swedish)
- Strålskyddslag (1988:220) (information about Sweden’s radiation protection act in Swedish)
- Strålskyddsförordning (1988:293) (information about Sweden’s radiation protection ordinance in Swedish)
- Lag (2000:1225) om straff för smuggling (information about Sweden’s penalties for smuggling act in Swedish)
Last updated: 2021-01-21
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