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Commercial renting of firearms

The Sysselmannen has stopped al commercial renting of firearms, which are needed for traveling anywhere in Svalbard outside the settlements for protection against potential polar bear attacs. According to the Sysselmannen, there is no legal base for renting out firearms. An interim solution, which might enable acknowledged weapon traders in Longyearbyen to rent firearms to persons who hold a license to own such weapons, is currently being worked on.

No step anywhere in Spitsbergen outside the settlements without a suitable firearm! 
Not being able to rent one would make life quite diffiult for individual tourists.

Commercial renting of firearms

Source: Sysselmannen

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