ACTIVITY LICENSES

License

What is an activity license?

The right to carry out a certain activity given by an administrative body on the basis of an administrative act to an entity which fulfills conditions defined in Law.

Types of licenses issued by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia: 

  • A general license for manufacturing, producing of military goods; 

  • A general license afor repairing (modernization, including on-site service) military goods; 

  • A license for brokering service for military goods; 

  • A license to manufacture (produce) civil weapons, main parts of firearms, military material and main parts of military material;

  • A license to repair main parts of civil weapons and firearms;

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  • A license to trade in civil weapons, main parts of firearms, ammunition and main parts of ammunition;

 

The Procedures for Obtaining an Activity License

 Stage I

The above noted licenses are issued on the basis of a recommendation which is obtained through an application of the permit seeker addressed to Standing Military-Technical Issues Commission at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, whose authority, regulations and procedures for making decisions are defined by the Charter of the Commission.

 

 Documents to be Submitted for Obtaining A Recommendation

  • An applicant must submit application to the Commission in order to receive a recommendation.

 

The application should be in written form, in the state language and must contain the following:

a)      Name of the Commission;

b)      Name or title of the applicant, personal number or an identification number and the address;

c)      Request;

d)     Reference to the type of activity license requested by the license seeker;

e)      Address of the venue of the activity subject to the licensing;

f)       Signature of the applicant;

g)      List of the documents, if any, enclosed with the application.

  • Data on the registration of a legal entity or a individual entrepreneur in the Registry for entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs (non-commercial) legal entities;

  • An extract from the Public Registry about the space to be used for carrying out an activity subject to the license. 

Note: Renting Agreement approved by a notary must be submitted in case the space is rented.

 

The Commission/Secretary of Commission is authorized to request an applicant additional document or information required for making a decision/recommendation.

Stage II

 

Documents to be submitted for obtaining the license

 

In order to obtain  an activity license, a license seeker shall submit a written application to the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, which shall contain a reference to the type of activity license that the license seeker is requesting to receive along with the list of the documents enclosed.

  • The application shall be enclosed with extracts from the state registry in case of a legal entity of the private law and for a individual entrepreneur and  for a physical person – copies of documents verifying the identity of the person as established by Law. 

  • For a legal entity – the list of all founders (if a founder is a physical person), a manager, an authorized representative, staff members and contractual employees (with their first, last names, place of birth, profession, job titles, ID numbers and place of residence being indicated as well as absence of criminal history, and certificates of not being registered for drugs abuse treatment and psycho-neurological treatment) who will be directly involved in manufacturing, producing weapons, or repairing (modernizing and providing on site services) them  and in trading in them;        

For a sole entrepreneur:

          a) Certificate of not being registered for drugs abuse treatment and psycho-neurological treatment;

          b) Certificate verifying relevant education or/and qualifications (Certificates, a reference from the organization);  

          c) The list of the physical entities (with their first, last names, place of birth, profession, job titles, ID numbers and place of residence being indicated), who will assist the license holder in carrying out the activity allowed by the license as well as the certificates of not being registered for drugs abuse treatment and psycho-neurological treatment;

  • The list of the buildings and structures (with the addresses indicated) at where weapons are to be manufactured, produced and repaired (including their modernization and providing on site services) and traded in; 

  • The document verifying that fire safety norms are followed in relevant buildings and structures;

  • The document verifying the technical safety norms of relevant buildings and structures;

  • The document verifying that relevant buildings and structures are appropriately protected and safe;

  • A recommendation from the Standing Military-Technical Issues Commission at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia;

  • The application shall also be enclosed with the document verifying that the license fee has been paid.

 

The Treasury Code of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia - 302 006 500.

 

Note: The license fee for civil weapons is 100 Lari, and the license fee for military products is   2000 Lari. 

 

Technical Safety Standards for the Buildings and Structures (stores) for Selling and Repairing Weapons

  1. The walls of a weapons store and/or buildings and structures for repairing them shall be as a minimum 25 cm thick and built with concrete or brick (blocks). Ceilings and floors shall be arranged with concrete or c/r slabs of 20 cm thick. When building interior walls it is allowed to build it with gypsum-concrete panels of no less than 800 mm thick, including insert metal grating (with rods of no less than 16  mm diameter or cross section, and with a square of no more than 150X150  mm).     

  2. The building/structure or/and store shall be equipped with an alarm system with at least one video surveillance camera (connected with the Security Service, as well as a glass break detector and an alarm button).

  3. If the store has weapons exhibited in an outer showcase, then the showcase shall be armored. All the outside windows shall be covered with metal railings of at least 10 mm thick. All iron doors shall be equipped with two locks and the outer doors shall be additionally equipped with surveillance equipment.   

  4. The store and building/structure shall have a vault for weapons with two-lock iron door. It is allowable to store weapons in heavy safes that are equipped with one internal lock.

  5. Weapons for hunting, smooth-bore and grooved-bore weapons for exhibition shall be kept idle in the store.  

  6. Only one sample of a weapon may be exhibited in the show case and it shall be secured by 5 mm wire chain of steel (cable). A chain or a wire rope (cable) shall go through the trigger guard of the trigger  hook. It shall be locked or be idle (with the stripper clip and   mainspring removed, that shall be kept separately in the weapons vault).

  7. Explosives (smoke and smokeless powder, means of their ignition, signaling gunpowder cartridges and rackets,  pistons, capsules, pyrotechnic  materials or the ware containing them, etc) shall be kept in:

a) A vault-safe the walls and roofing of which shall be made of unburnable material and a vault-safe shall be separated from a neighboring vault by at least 25 centimeters of concrete or brick (block) wall, and a door for the vault-safe shall be made of the material the fire-resistance limit of which shall be at least 45 minutes. Igniting substances and explosive materials shall be stored separately in the vault-safe at least at the distance of 2 meters between them. Besides, igniting substances shall be stored in the safe lined with soft material inside (Rexine material, thick felt, etc.) and it shall be earthed. 

b) In case of a vault-safe igniting substances and explosive materials shall be stored in separate safes distanced from each other at least by 2 meters.

  1. It is prohibited to trade in weapons and explosive materials in a private residential house or/and in its part, except a commercial space in a multi-unit building  and in a separate building. 

  2. It is prohibited  to have a building/structure and stores minimum at 25 meters away from patrol and gas stations and reservoirs the facilities as well as from fuel dispensers.  

  3. It is prohibited to have a building/structure and stores in the building of a school and day-care centers or either in a building/structure that is minimum 10 meters away from them.

  4. It is prohibited to trade in civil weapons and combat materials in the villages and towns of such a region where due to complex meteorological conditions and geographical location it is impossible to monitor the above activity or where there is no police field office.

  5. It is prohibited to trade in civil weapons and combat materials in a settlement (in a city, town, village) which is located close to the state border of Georgia as well as in the conflict zone (region) and near the conflict zone (region) at a minimum 10 km away from  it.

The person who has been issued a relevant license to trade in weapons and combat materials as defined by the Georgian legislation shall be obliged to:

  • Record the goods purchased and sold and keep accounting document; 

  • Sell main components of weapons, firearms, and combat materials and main components of combat materials only to persons with a relevant right; 

  • Sell only those goods which comply with the requirements defined in the Georgian legislation; 

  • Do not sell the civil weapons envisaged by Item 4, Article 19 of the Law of Georgia on Weapons without their ballistic testing but for the exceptions defined in the Georgian legislation;

  • Receive the weapon through a panel for which the certificate for handing it over through a panel has been issued according to the rules defined in the Georgians legislation;  

  • Submit a comprehensive list of the weapon and combat materials imported for sales based on a relevant license of received through a panel (a type, made, model, series, number, caliber) as well as information on buyers to relevant divisions at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defense for entering them in the information data base;

  • Secure safe storage of the weapons, main components of firearms, combat materials and main components of combat materials; 

  • Hand over the weapon to a physical entity who bought the weapon only according to the rules defined in the Georgian legislation;

  • Observe other requirements in regard of turnover of weapons as defined by the Georgian legislation.