The legislation

In order to protect citizens, the French State has introduced regulations based on the power of plumb rifles. The latter ranges from 7.5 joules to more than 50 joules. Only models less than 20 joules are available over the counter.

man shooting with a lead rifle

Plumb rifle is included in category D or C

Free sale for those over 18 years of age is allowed up to a maximum power of 20 joules (instead of 10 joules before the 2013 decree). Models less than 20 joules are in category D. To purchase one, you will simply need to present your valid ID card.

Beyond this power, the pellet rifle will be classified as a category C weapon. To obtain it, you will need a:

• hunting license or,

• a valid FFT shooting license.

Rifle type

Category

Calibre

Sale

Compressed air and CO2 rifle less than 20 joules

Our pellet guns less than 20 joules

D-2

Calibre 4.5 and 5.5 mm

Free + 18 years old

Compressed air and CO2 rifle more than 20 joules

Our pellet rifles 20 to 30 joules

C

4.5 (V° + 195 m/s) and 5.5 (V° + 145 m/s) mm

Submitted for declaration after purchase. Requirement to present an identity card and a shooting licence or hunting licence.

Recreational and competitive rifle (civil appearance)

Our 22 lr rifles

C

22 Lr, 22 Shorts and 22 Mag

Submitted for declaration after purchase. Requirement to present an identity card and a shooting licence or hunting licence.

To know more about decree n°2013-700

This decree, which entered into force on 6 September 2013, resulted in a change in the categorisation and legal regime of weapons and their ammunition. The ranking from eight types of weapons has been changed to a ranking with only four. Since then, weapons are no longer classified into categories from 1 to 8 but from A to D. It applies to:

• legal firearms holders (hunters, sports shooters, etc.),

• professionals involved in the manufacture, trade or import, export and transfer of materials, weapons, ammunition and their components,

• sports associations and 

• musées.

List of pages in The legislation: