The aim of the article is to discuss one of the legal instruments used for controlling access to weapons, namely decisions on weapon permit applications. A weapon permit is an administrative decision which, however, is not uniform. We may distinguish two following types of such decisions: a) a decision regarding a personal weapon permit application and b) a decision regarding a bearer weapon permit application. In the first case, an addressee of an administrative act must be a person specified by name and in the second case, a businessman (e.g. a businessman with a license to run economic activity in the field of protecting persons and property, if weapons are indispensable to him within the scope and forms specified in the license) or an organizational unit (e.g. entrepreneurs maintaining shooting ranges, schools, sports and shooting associations, defense organizations and so forth). A weapon permit is an administrative decision issued by a competent chief constable of the regional police forces or a military police commanding officer after all the requirements specified in the Firearms and Ammunition Act have been met.
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