We get plenty of queries about gun cabinets from our readers. Who should have the keys? What happens if you go away for a few months? Here are the answers to some of the most popular.

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Should you have a heated gun cabinet?

1.  Do you need to heat your gun cabinets in winter? If the temperature is plummeting outside will your guns suffer if the cabinet is in an unheated room that’s a bit damp? Is there a danger of the cabinet rusting? Our expert Mike George gives you the low down on how to store your guns so they remain in excellent condition whilst being secure.

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2. How can my firearms cabinet be opened lawfully in the event of my death? Will your executor be able to get a temporary permit and who should have charge of the keys if you die? It’s certainly something all firearm owners should consider. Our legal expert Bill Harriman gives his considered view.Aeroplane

3. I’m going on a long holiday away from home. What should I do about shotgun storage? Will a secure gun cabinet be sufficient if your property is empty for weeks on end? Is it necessary to ask a registered firearms dealer to store your guns for you under these circumstances? Read on to find out what you should do when you’re planning a round-the-world trip or a long cruise.

4. Can I move my gun cabinet to another part of the house without telling the firearms officer? Maybe you’re redecorating or changing the rooms around? What’s your legal position?

5. Where should I keep my gun cabinet keys safely? Are there any legal guidelines? Is it sufficient to keep them at the back of a kitchen drawer? Should I label the keys? This is a question our legal counsel are asked over and over again.

6. Can my wife use my cabinet for her shotguns? Can you share a cabinet or is it best to have one each? And who keeps the keys?

7. Can I have a gun cabinet in a static caravan? What’s the deal if you don’t live in a house made from bricks and mortar?