The security of your firearms and ammunition is your responsibility. These guidelines are not mandatory and alternative methods of achieving a similar standard of security will be considered.

Gun Cabinets

Any cabinet used to store firearms, component parts of firearms or ammunition should conform to BS 7558 (1992).


Rifles should be kept in a gun cabinet or within a gun room with adequate door and window security. Rifle bolts and magazines should be stored separately in a similar container which may form part of the cabinet provided it is capable of being locked separately. Whilst shotguns are best kept in a gun cabinet, alternative methods of achieving a similar standard of security (as detailed the Home Office documents, Firearms Security: A Brief Guide and Firearms Security Handbook 2005) will be considered.


These should be kept in a substantial steel container, preferably a gun cabinet. Magazines should be kept separately in a similar container.


Ammunition should be stored separately in a separate container. It may form part of the main cabinet provided it is separately locked. Ammunition boxes should be ventilated.

Gun Cabinet Security

Gun cabinets must be attached to a sound surface and the force required to pull the fixing bolt should not be less than 2kN. The gun cabinet should be locked by means of one or more secure locks or close shackle padlocks of not less than 1,000 differs. Padlock shackles should be hardened. The cabinets should preferably be in a concealed place. It should not be in a garage or outhouse (only an integral garage is suitable). Principally, only cabinets which meet the specification BS 7558 (1992) are suitable but others may be acceptable if examined by a Firearms Licensing Officer.


Where numerous guns are kept, serious consideration should be given to the installation of an intruder alarm system conforming to BS 4737. All external doors to the premises should be secured with five lever mortise locks. Accessible, opening windows should be fitted with window locks. Alternatively, if the premises in which the firearms are to be stored are especially vulnerable e.g. flats, houses converted to apartments or dwellings in high risk areas, guns should be stored at an armoury or with a Registered Firearms Dealer. In the case of collectors, guns should not be openly displayed.

Transporting Guns

When guns and ammunition are transported, consideration should be given to the security of both during the journey. Where guns and ammunition are transported on a regular basis the installation of a lockable container securely bolted to the structure of the vehicle so as to prevent easy removal by unauthorised persons is strongly recommended. If the vehicle is to be left unattended it will normally be sufficient to remove the bolt, trigger and/or fore-end of the gun and for the remainder of the gun and ammunition be concealed from view in the locked vehicle. If the vehicle is to be left unattended for prolonged periods, the guns and/or ammunition should be moved from the vehicle to a more secure location. Guns and/or ammunition should not be visible during transportation. Firearms are rarely carried on public transport due to the risk of attracting unwelcome attention. If it is unavoidable the transport carrier should be consulted.