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Where do I need to keep firearms, shotguns and ammunition?

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All firearms and ammunition held under the authority of a firearm certificate must, when not in use, be kept in a secure place with a view to preventing access to them by other people.

You will be visited by a member of the Firearms Licensing team to verify the information given and weapons requested, also to inspect your intended security arrangements, before your certificate is issued.

Where you intend to take part in target shooting at a club where storage facilities exist, you may consider using those facilities rather than keeping your weapons at home.

Where you wish to keep your weapons at home, the level of security required will vary according to certain factors, such as the type and quantity of firearms and ammunition involved, the overall security of the premises in which they will be stored and the local crime risk. Storage should be in a locked gun cabinet or other similarly secure container.

Gun cabinets or gun clamps are available from most registered firearms dealers. They are constructed of heavy gauge sheet metal and fitted with substantial locks and concealed hinges. The cabinet/clamp should be located in a protected part of the premises (not in a garage or outhouse) out of the sight of casual visitors and securely fixed to the building.

In certain circumstances, it may be necessary for the premises to be fitted with an intruder alarm system conforming to British Standard. Ammunition, rifle bolts and magazines should be stored separately in a steel box of similar design to the gun cabinet and secured in a similar way.

You are responsible for the secure storage of ammunition. The following forms of security will NOT normally be considered adequate by themselves; display cabinets, locked wardrobes, wooden cabinets. If you can't comply with the requirement, your application may be delayed until you have provided adequate storage facilities for the firearms you want to own.