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Firearms ‘The Legal Series’
Part 7

Shooting

Article written by 11 October 2012

Transportation

It is much more common for certificate holders to get into difficulty when transporting guns, particularly by leaving them in a vehicle. A vehicle used frequently for transporting firearms should ideally have an alarm and/or immobiliser fitted, and used.  Where a vehicle is regularly used to carry a significant number of guns, say more than half a dozen, the police will probably expect you to fit a device for securing the guns to the vehicle such as a cage, cable or clamp. Any guns should be hidden from sight, preferably in the locked boot. Whenever possible any ammunition should be stored separately in the vehicle from the guns and should also be concealed from view. If possible the bolt, magazine, forend or other vital part should be removed from the guns and either carried on the person or secured or hidden elsewhere in the vehicle. If the vehicle is to be left unattended, it should be locked, any alarm or immobiliser set, and if possible the vehicle should be parked within sight of the responsible person.

The degree of security taken, both inside and outside the home, should be whatever is reasonable in the particular circumstances. The problem is that whether or not a person has taken reasonable security precautions usually only arises once a gun has disappeared.  Whether guns have been lost or stolen, the certificate holder could face prosecution and the loss of his certificate if he did not take sufficient steps to secure them. For a gamekeeper, this could cost him his job, vehicle and home.

Matthew Knight is the Senior Partner of Knights Solicitors. Knights are retained by a number of national organisations in relation to firearms licencing including The National Small-Bore Rifle Association. Knight are also retained by se.. Read more.

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