What defines a class 4 weapon

Firearms categories

Firearms in the sense of Austrian gun law are weapons with which solid bodies (projectiles) can be fired in a definable direction with one barrel.

There are three categories of firearms:

Category A: Prohibited weapons and war material

The prohibited category A weapons include, for example:

  • Shotguns (shotguns) with a total length of less than 90 cm
  • Shotguns with a barrel length of less than 45 cm
  • Forearm bolt action shotguns ("pump guns")
  • Camouflaged firearms (e.g. "shooting ballpoint pen")
  • Prohibited cutting weapons such as brass knuckles, killers and steel rods
  • Handguns with center fire with (integrated or attached) magazine that can hold more than 20 cartridges
  • Semi-automatic rifles with centerfire ignition with (integrated or attached) magazine that can hold more than 10 cartridges
  • Center-fire handgun magazines that can hold more than 20 cartridges
  • Magazines for semi-automatic rifles with center fire that can hold more than 10 cartridges

Category B: handguns, repeating shotguns and semi-automatic firearms

Category B firearms are handguns (revolvers, pistols), bolt-action shotguns and semi-automatic firearms that are not war material or prohibited weapons.

Category C: Firearms with rifled or smooth barrel, unless category A or B

  • Rifles with at least one rifled barrel that have to be reloaded manually after each shot
  • Rifles with exclusively smooth barrels that have to be reloaded manually after each shot

Deviating from this are: Forearm repeater ("Pumpgun") = category A and repeater = category B

An overview table of the categories and authorizations can also be found on oesterreich.gv.at.

Legal bases

Weapons Act 1996

Last updated: February 1, 2021

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