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Americans in Germany have until June 30, 2005 to get their privately owned firearms registered with German authorities. Until that deadline, firearms owners must either comply with German registration requirements, ship their firearms stateside or legally dispose of them.

Once firearms are officially registered with German authorities, they must continue to be stored in a local arms room. Owners are allowed to take firearms out only to ship them to the United States or after the arms have been registered on a valid German weapons possession card.

U.S. personnel may qualify for the card by successfully completing the U.S. forces hunting course or sport shooting program. Contact any Morale, Welfare and Recreation rod and gun club for more information.

Privately owned firearms not registered by the June 30 deadline will be considered contraband and seized and disposed of in coordination with German authorities.

More information on the policy can be obtained by calling the U.S. Forces Registry of Motor Vehicles at DSN 386-7271 or civilian 0621-718-7271.

To get information on shipping firearms stateside, call the U.S. European Command at DSN 381-7466 or civilian 0621-730-7466.

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