As provided by the Spanish government, shipping of private firearms to Spain is authorized only to active duty military personnel in pay grades of E-5 and above and DoD civilian employees with equivalent grades. When shipping firearms, be sure to have them specifically described on your DD-1299 (Personal Property Shipping application) and on the shipping inventory that packers will prepare, including make, model, caliber and serial number. They must be properly located in the crate or box number of your shipment.
Once in Spain, firearms must be registered with the Naval Station Rota Security Department. Firearms must be stored in the Security Department armory for the duration of the tour. NAVSTA Rota’s security armory is the only authorized storage facility of firearms aboard the installation. All firearms must be registered with Spanish military or Guardia Civil firearms registrars. Members must also apply for a weapons ownership document or “Guia de Pertenencia” upon arrival.
The types and quantities of firearms that eligible personnel may ship to Spain are limited to the
- Handguns (maximum): one
- Big game rifles (maximum): five
- Shotguns, .22 cal. rifles (maximum): six
- High powered pellet guns and cross bows or combination thereof (maximum): 12
- Pellet rifles/pistols (semiautomatic firing, maximum): six
- Pellet rifles/pistols (single shot): unlimited
While it is possible to ship firearms to Spain, one should consider leaving firearms in storage in the U.S., as there are no public gun ranges in the local area. Hunters must obtain licenses (in Spanish) and permission from landowners before shooting on private property in Spain, which can be difficult to obtain.
Note: If assigned to NATO units, contact your NSE for specific details on your firearms importation (NATO personnel must request importation approval in advance otherwise your firearms may not be registered).