Is a gun cabinet in the attic legal?

Q: I am applying for a firearms certificate so that I can acquire a .243 calibre rifle for stalking. I understand that I must obtain a gun cabinet, which I am considering installing in my attic. Would this be a suitable location?

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.

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.

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