Safe as houses: we’ll keep you in step with gun storage laws

More than 30 pieces of UK legislation cover the ownership and storage of firearms. Safety Storage Centre provides guidance on the specialised area of acceptable gun cabinet rules and regulations to keep you on the right side of the law.

The most robust firearms licensing system in the world is to be found in the UK, where there are almost 800,000 licences for firearms and shotguns.

That’s not the number of weapons in the country, just the number of people entitled to have them, because it’s perfectly acceptable to have more than one weapon on the same licence, although each and every one must be recorded by type, size and serial number.

34 individual pieces of legislation

Firearms licensing laws have been subject to significant change over the last 12 years, which has led the Home Office to issue its latest guidance, bringing together the 34 separate pieces of legislation involved in responsible gun ownership. They are found in the Guide on Firearms Licensing Law, which covers every imaginable scenario in its 255 pages, and builds on the Firearms Act 1968.

In his foreword to the document the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, Damian Green, pictured, makes it clear why such tight firearms law is required:

Damian Green“It is only in an extremely small minority of cases that legally held firearms are misused. However, the results can be devastating both for the immediate families and communities around them. I believe that the ownership of any firearm is a privilege and not a right, and that public safety must be paramount. “Whilst we have the most robust firearms licensing system in the world, we can always strive to be more efficient, and ensure the licensing process is practical and safe as possible.”

The document bringing all this legislation together includes three pages of concise detail about storage of firearms, including details of the gun cabinet they’re to be stored in, and the locks that must be used to secure them. It includes a number of references to British and CEN standards, as well as details about the materials they should be made from.

It’s potentially a bit of a maze, but the Safety Storage Centre has stepped in to assist you by offering a range of gun cabinets that comply with all the regulations, and will be approved by the Police – as all licence holders know, the law requires that your application includes a personal visit by the Police to make sure you’re a suitable person to have a firearm or shotgun.

Firearm storage standards

The British Standard states that you need to look out for a BS7558:1992 standard shotgun cabinet. It must have a seven-lever lock that meets BS3621 standard or it can be a padlock which has a Grade 4 CEN 12320:1997 standard.

You’ll find that some of the locks on cabinets we offer go beyond what’s required by law, making them even more secure.

The products we offer take account of the fact that you’ve invested heavily in specialist equipment, so the range includes padded gun dividers and floor mats, as well as additional lockable compartments to allow storage of other equipment and ammunition.

View our full range of gun cabinets and safes.