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WIESBADEN, Germany — Training and certification for sports shooters in Germany, suspended about a year ago, are resuming, following an agreement between Installation Management Command-Europe and the German Federal Administration Office.

Under the agreement, Americans can train and compete in sports shooting facilities with their own firearms, once they complete requirements for a weapons possession card, according to an IMCOM press release. Once a sports shooter obtains the card, he or she may purchase a firearm specific to hunting or sports shooting.

A new training program, consisting of 12 hours of training and lecture, followed by a test, is set to start June 18-19 in Grafenwöhr, and could be held at other bases throughout the year.

Sports shooters are also required to complete 18 documented shooting sessions within a one-year period. Other requirements include an FBI background check and a commander’s reliability check. The U.S. forces sports shooting handbook has been updated.

For more information on sports shooting, contact the outdoor recreation program.

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