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The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary gives the power to his local firearms enquiry officer to inspect and make a decision on your security. We would look for the security to adhere to the following points:

  • British standard gun cabinet (BS7558) or a higher standard of cabinet should be considered
  • There should be a provision of 4 fixing holes to take no less that 10mm diameter fastening devices, the holes will be spaced to provide maximum binding of the cabinet to the structure.

 Firearms Guidance Chapter 19 Sitting and Fixing of Devices

Please pay particular attention to: 19 .44 (April 2016)

Fixings for security devices form an important part of the overall resistance to attack. Fastening to timber studded walls should be avoided, unless some additional anchorage can be provided. Floor or roof joists (subject to the previous comments) are acceptable. Walls of brick, concrete or masonry are usually the best bonding materials. It is important that the fixing chosen is correct for that material (for example expanding bolts, chemical anchors, toggle bolts etc.). With modern building materials, particularly breeze and thermal block walls, the materials are not particularly suited to normal fixing devices.

  • When attached to the structure the cabinet MUST not have any movement (the FEO will use a pull test) or MUST NOT be able to get anything to leaver if from the structure.  We would expect to see it above the skirting boards or skirting boards removed for its placement flush against the structure.
  •   The cabinet is to be out of sight to casual visitors to the property
  •  Section 1 ammunition is not to be stored with the section 1 weapons.
  •  The keys to the cabinet should be only accessible to the certificate holder(s) of the property, allowing a non-certificate holder access is a reportable offence.

Full details of security can be obtained from the home office website


Page last updated: 11 January 2018