The officer will make a mutually convenient appointment to visit your home after all relevant enquiries have been completed.
During the visit your domestic security will be assessed and advice will be given on any necessary improvements that may need to be made.
The Firearms Act state that the weapons must be kept safe and secure at all times to prevent unauthorised access, as far as is reasonably practicable.
The Firearms Rules 1998 require you to store your gun(s) securely at all times. The Chief Officer of police is required to be satisfied that your possession of guns will not create a danger. If he/she cannot be satisfied as to the safe storage, then a certificate cannot be granted.
When considering whether security is acceptable or not, the police will consider:
In addition, if you are considering the acquisition of a new cabinet, it must be to at least BS7558:1992 specification.
Section 1 ammunition should be stored in a separate lockable container fitted elsewhere or a separate lockable compartment within the gun cabinet.
If a commercial safe is to be considered, where it weighs less than 20cwt, fixings will need to be in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
Where a single firearm or shotgun is contemplated, then a gun clamp may be sufficient, providing it meets certain criteria.