Is a gun cabinet in the attic legal?
A: While an attic may appear to be an ideal location in which to install a gun cabinet, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration.
An attic is usually subject to variations in temperature and humidity, even though it may be well insulated, and there is always the danger of firearms being adversely affected.
Cabinets must conform to BS 7558 if they have been made after 1992 and there are a number of essential requirements relating to locks, thickness of steel, hinges and seams if made before that date.
A gun cabinet, while out of sight of visitors, should also be readily accessible so that a gun can be quickly put away after use and cleaning, yet be in a warm part of the house to avoid condensation. Keys must be kept, ideally, in a small safe and their presence concealed and not disclosed to other members of the household.
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Also remember that a gun cabinet must be securely clamped at four points to a wall. I would weigh up all these considerations before choosing to put your cabinet in the attic.