Security

​​When applying for the grant of a shotgun or firearm certificate you may prefer not to do anything in relation to security, until one of our Firearms Enquiry Officers has paid you a visit in order that he/she can advise you accordingly re type and location of security measures. However, in most cases advice has already been sought from the Firearms Licensing Office and applicants have security installed at their home prior to the Firearm Enquiry Officer 's home visit.

The Firearms Acts are not specific regarding security except to state that the weapons must be kept safe and secure at all times so as to prevent unauthorised access, as far as is reasonably practical.

However, before granting you a certificate, the Chief Officer of Police needs to be satisfied that you can store them safely. It therefore follows that the issuer of the certificate must set the standards to be met, within the limitations of the Acts.

We are helped in these matters by various sources. Firstly the Home Office guidance is that all shotguns and firearms should be kept in bona-fide gun cabinets. That is, cabinets built for the purpose for the keeping of shotguns and firearms. The cabinets must be located within the confines of the house and not stored in a garage or outbuilding. They should be rawl-bolted to a solid brick wall and out of sight of casual callers. Section 1 ammunition should be stored separately and securely from Section 1 weapons.

BS7558 is a British Standard for gun cabinets since 1992 which practically all cabinets, sold by reputable Registered Firearms Dealers, will meet.

When it comes to domestic security we use another British Standard as a guide. That is BS8220 (Security of domestic dwellings), which is the level of security normally required by reputable Insurance Companies for house contents cover.

We believe that the security of the weapon is second only to the vetting of the applicant. If it requires a British Standard to insure that your jewellery and valuables are safe, then it is not too much to expect shotguns and firearms to be kept at the same level of security.

It is not required to turn your home into a fortress but only to meet a standard of security which modern day requirements deem necessary to keep one's ordinary possessions safe.

Basically, BS8220 requires the fitting of a five lever mortice dead lock (to BS3621), to the final exit door (normally the front door). All accessible opening windows that offer an aperture large enough to be climbed through, should be capable of being locked with a removable key. Rear doors should be secured by mortice or slide bolts and patio doors fitted with anti-lift bolts.

For further information please visit  Home Office guidance on Firearm security.