Regulations of issuing permission to the staff of diplomatic missions in the Republic of Azerbaijan to carry and use service firearms if necessary.

 The license to carry and use service firearms, if necessary, by the staff of diplomatic missions functioning in the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued only in exceptional cases with the permission of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

A special permission (license) to carry and use, if necessary, service firearms can be issued with the aim of self-defence only in cases of real endangerment of life and health of the staff of diplomatic missions.

A special permission (license) to carry and use, if necessary, service firearms is issued to the staff of diplomatic missions on the principle of reciprocity.

Service weapons are not given to security officers who protect high-ranking members of diplomatic missions.

In order to obtain the permission a diplomatic mission should apply to the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan with a note verbale. The type, calibre and number of the weapon should be given in the note verbale and a copy of the accreditation card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the weapon bearer and four (4) colour photos, size 4 x 3 cm, should be annexed to the note.

A real endangerment of life and health of a member of diplomatic mission should be substantiated and one such case should be reflected in the request sent to the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The requests for permission to the persons not accredited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan are not considered.

The permission should be obtained before the weapon is brought to the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The licence is valid for three years in accordance with the law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on “Service and civilian firearms”. A temporary and short-term licence to keep and use, if necessary, service firearms is not issued to members of a diplomatic mission.

After the service weapon belonging to a diplomatic mission and its members is brought to the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan it should be presented within 3 days to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to take specimens of its bullets and cartridge cases.

In case the permission is denied it is not allowed to bring this service weapon to the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to keep it in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and to use it if necessary.

Members of a diplomatic mission may on a legal basis use service weapon that belongs to them and based on a special permission (licence) to keep and use it if necessary in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan only with the aim of self-defence.

Members of diplomatic missions who obtained a special permission (licence) to keep and use if necessary, service firearms in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan should observe the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning firearms.