The most recent amendment to the Austrian Weapons Act regulates two areas relevant to hunting: A hunter with a valid hunting card may use a silencer, and with a permit to own weapons, they may use category B firearms. Naturally, hunters must also comply with state hunting laws, even though these may partially contradict the Weapons Act amendment. Hunters who violate state hunting laws can face administrative penalties and disciplinary legal consequences.

In her latest article in DIE PRESSE, E&H lawyer DDr Kathrin Bayer has gone over the Weapons Act amendment with a fine-tooth comb, and elucidated the points where it conflicts with state hunting laws.

The whole article in German can be found here: „Jäger im Unterholz des Föderalismus“