Filming with weapons
Apart from shoots taking place on private property and businesses, all filming that includes the use of gas weapons, air pistols and imitation weapons is subject to the weapons law that took effect on April 1st, 2003.
The law dictates that all individuals carrying either gas weapons, air pistols or imitation weapons (so-called soft air weapons) with them in public must possess a small weapons license i.e. Kleinwaffenschein. Individuals possessing soft air weapons without a license can be incarcerated for up to three years.
The following procedures must be adhered to whenever filming in Berlin:
1. The soft air weapons must be brought to the location of the shoot in a special weapons case or similar container that keeps them well out of reach. In addition, the weapons must be transported in an inactive state.
2. When a special use permit (as well as any further mandatory or special permits) is issued in accordance with §11 of the Berlin penal code, the shoot location is to be treated as private property so long as the permit holder adequately secures the premises (either by locking it or limiting access).
3. Actors filmed with soft air weapons at such locations (see #2 above) are exempt from the usual permit laws pertaining to these weapons.
The companies listed in the Special Effects / Weapons section of the branch directory can provide you with professional consultations and assistance.