How to store firearms and shotguns securely

Gun CabinetLaws covering the storage of firearms, shotguns and their ammunition are as strict as those covering their ownership, having been designed to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. Making sure the storage of all kinds of firearms and shotguns is properly secure places strict requirements on their owners, as you’ll see in our guide to storage of firearms.

In summary, the Firearms Rules (1998) say weapons must be stored securely to prevent them being taken or used by ‘unauthorised people’, with a penalty of up to six months in prison for failure to comply.

An ‘unauthorised person’ is anyone without a gun licence or shotgun certificate, no matter how responsible and trustworthy they might otherwise appear to be. The rules do not specify precisely what ‘stored securely’ means, but here we can take advice from the Home Office, which recommends locked gun cabinets, gun safes or similar secure containers, and includes a gun room or cellar in its list of acceptable options.

When buying a gun cabinet, it’s important to be sure that it is up to the standards required by the relevant British Standard – BS7558:1992. If it is then acceptance by the Police is guaranteed, subject to meeting the requirements of the Firearms Act of 1968 and subsequent amendments.