Since June 8th, 2006 a strict legislation on sale, possession and use of firearms took effect, which states that all firearms have become subject to authorization by the Belgian government. The gun licenses are granted by the governor of the respective province of the buyer.
Owners of a hunting permit can purchase a weapon, if it is legally allowed for hunting, without first having to request a shooting license. Owners of a shooting license can buy weapons corresponding to the category of firearm mentioned on their license.
Application forms in order to obtain a license, are available for download on the website of the respective Belgian provinces. For example; one can access the website of the province of East-Flanders by using this link.