Two questions from concerned gun owners ...
Is the firearms officer right?
Q: I am currently in the process of renewing my shotgun certificate. When the firearms enquiry officer (FEO) came round, one of the questions she asked was who had access to my house. I told her that it was just me, my wife and our cleaning lady, who comes twice a week. She then said that I had to be present when the cleaner was there in case she found the cabinet and broke into it. This is not possible because both my wife and I work. Is the FEO right to say this?
A: You can safely ignore this piece of arrant nonsense. From time to time, there are people that we trust to be alone and unsupervised in our homes — builders, dog sitters, cleaners and such like. The decision to admit them when we are not at home is ours alone based on our knowledge of them. It is certainly not the preserve of some very junior police employee to dictate as to whom we give access to our homes.
Ensure your shotgun(s) are locked in the cabinet and make sure you have not left any cabinet keys in the house. I always think it is a good idea to keep a set with you and a spare set at work (or somewhere else completely separate). That way someone intent on attacking your cabinet has no better access to it than a burglar who has broken in.