Authorities of the Republic of Serbia Call Owners of Unregistered Firearms to Surrender Them without Suffering Legal Consequences

Starting on 8 May until 8 June 2023, citizens of the Republic of Serbia who possess firearms without the proper documentation can hand them over to the authorities without suffering legal consequences and free of charge.

According to the new order by the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia issued on Friday, 5 May, no legal action will be taken against those who follow the guidelines of the order.

The competent authority will be responsible for receiving the firearms and ammunition between 07:00 and 19:00 daily.

Apart from personally surrendering firearms, citizens can contact the closest police station and invite police officers to come and collect firearms and explosive devices.

The citizens are not obliged to show identification when handing over the firearms.

Since it is very dangerous for explosive devices to be inadequately transported, for example by public transportation, citizens who possess any explosive devices in their apartments, houses or other premises are warned not to bring such devices personally to police stations, but to call 192 so that experts can take them over.

The order aims to reduce the number of illegal firearms in the country and improve public safety following two mass shootings that occurred in Serbia last week.

Find out more here.




The campaign is supported through the Support for Enhancing the Fight Against the Illegal Possession, Misuse, and Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in the Western Balkans project, funded by the European Union through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).