Q235: What are the requirements for the security/storage of my firearm/shotgun?
The firearms and ammunition to which the certificate relates must be stored securely at all times to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, access to the firearms or ammunition by an unauthorised person.
The Home Office have issued guidance with recommends that firearms should be stored in a locked gun cabinet or other similarly secure container. In some cases if you don't have a gun cabinet, it may be acceptable to remove the firing mechanism from the firearm and store it in a secure container, for example, a safe. In these cases you should then lock away the rest of the firearm. A securely built gunroom or cellar with a steel door that locks can also be an acceptable form of storage. Section 1 ammunition can be stored in a separate secure compartment within a gun cabinet or in its own secure container.
The security of your firearm will depend not only on how the firearms are stored, but also on the overall security of the property where the firearms are kept. Guidance on the security requirements can be obtained from your local firearms licensing department.
Please note that all calls to police involving firearms are treated as if it is a genuine firearm so be aware that if you do wave an imitation firearm around you could find yourself surrounded by firearms officers pointing real weapons at you.