Whether you're moving house or just want to move your gun cabinet, here are the answers.

Moving gun cabinets to new locations

Q: Do I have to notify the firearms department if I move my gun cabinet to another part of the house?

A: No, but you should ensure that it is at least as secure in its new place as it was in the old one. The police may wish to inspect your new arrangements when your certificate comes up for renewal.

Can you have gun cabinets in different places under one certificate?

Q: Do I have to tell the police about my other gun cabinet? My gun cabinets are at my home address in the Midlands, and my certificates apply to this address, but I spend a lot of time shooting and working part-time. To keep the guns safe while I am there, I want to install a gun cabinet. Do I have to tell the police about this arrangement?

A: No. So long as the Midlands address remains your main address there is no need to inform the police.

In your circumstances, especially if you have a rifle, it is very sensible to install a cabinet in the place where you regularly use your guns.

A friend has offered to house my gun cabinets – is this legal?

Q: I’m new to shooting and in process of applying for a shotgun certificate. I will be unable to house my gun cabinets in my house but have had the offer from a friend to use his business premises, which have secure alarms linked to the police.

However, I understand I am unlikely to get approval for a shotgun certificate under this arrangement.  Can you confirm this, or let me know of any alternative ways of storing the gun?

A: Best practice for installing a gun cabinet suggests that a garage or any other outbuilding is not a very secure location. The only exception to this would be an integral garage with a connecting internal door to the house.

I don’t think placing a cabinet in someone else’s premises is a good idea either, because it limits your access to the shotgun. Equally, as you cannot have oversight of it on a routine basis, you can never be sure that someone is not trying to get at it.  This arrangement is unlikely to find favour with the police.

One of the most effective ways of placing a gun cabinet is to set it on its back and screw it to the floor joists. It is hard to detach because anyone trying to break into it cannot use their upper body strength to best effect.

And, best of all, it is disguised by being covered in carpeting. An alternative is to install the cabinet in the back of a fitted wardrobe, where it would be difficult to find.

Most gun dealers will store guns for you, but this can be expensive. Furthermore, I doubt the police would be satisfied by this arrangement either. (Bill Harriman)