gum ownership Gun ownership comes with many responsibilities.

You need to ensure that your shotgun/firearms certificate is up to date and that your gun is kept securely, according to the law.

You need to be fully aware of the shooting safety rules and follow the all-important shooting etiquette.

Make sure that your gun is safe for use by maintaining it well.

Gun laws change from time to time as new ruling is brought in and you need to be sure you are up to date with what is happening.

If you’re a novice, we have advice on buying your first gun, whether new or second-hand and making sure your gun mount is its best.

Read our articles here which cover the important aspects of gun ownerships, from how to buy a gun, how to apply for your shotgun licence and firearms certificate, the best way to keep your gun secure and the legalities.

camping with shotguns

Can I go camping with my shotgun?

Camping with shotguns – legal or illegal? Q: I’m planning on going camping with some friends when the weather gets warmer and we’re going to pitch our tents on some farmland where we have a roughshooting permission. The farmer is happy for us to camp there and carry out some…

country cottage

Can I leave a shotgun at my holiday home?

All being well, we’ll be able to go further afield this summer and for those of you lucky to have another property, you could well be wondering if it’s legal to leave a shotgun at a holiday home so that you can do a bit of roughshooting when you’re down…

Fausti Aphrodite shotgun

Should I store my gun butt-down or muzzle-down?

Always store guns muzzle down Which way up (or down) should you store your gun when you put it back in the gun cabinet? Well, the answer is that you should always store guns muzzle down. Wondering why? It’s very logical when you think about it. The reason is that…

Sportsman Gun Centre

I forgot to tell the police about my new gun in time. Now what?

Gun notification is a legal commitment when you’re a shooter. You need to tell the police about owning a new firearm within seven days of buying one.  So what happens if you get busy and communicating the purchase of a new gun slips your mind? Here’s what our legal expert…

clayshooting with a 20-bore

Where should I keep my gun cabinet keys safely?

I have recently acquired my shotgun certificate and become the owner of a Silver Pigeon shotgun. I have set up a gun cabinet in my home according to the law but I was wondering about gun cabinet keys. Where should I keep the main set and the spare set? What…

Female Gun with pheasant

Can my wife use my gun cabinet for her shotguns?

Q: I’m wondering if we need to have two gun cabinets in our house or whether it would be legal to just have one. I shoot both rifles and shotguns and so have both a firearms licence and a shotgun licence. My wife has taken up shooting in the past…

shotgun components

Shotgun jargon buster

Even Guns who’ve spent many seasons standing on the peg or walking along hedgerows are sometimes unclear about some shooting terminology. For example, whilst most shooters will know what the action on a gun is, they might be a little less sure about what the top strap is. (Answer below.)…

Bespoke shotgun from Purdey £132,000

Can I buy a Purdey or Holland & Holland on a budget?

Is it possible to buy a Purdey or Holland & Holland side-by-side on a budget of between £2,000 to £3,000? If so, would it be reliable for gameshooting all the time and not just for special occasions?

Spring-powered airgun or a PCP?

Should I buy a spring-powered airgun or a PCP?

Choosing the right airgun isn’t an easy decision. Once you’ve decided on your budget you will have to think about the power source and it’s this that most buyers usually have the most difficulty over. Years ago the only option was a spring-powered airgun but in the last 15-20 years…

borrowing and lending shotguns law

Is it legal to borrow or lend a gun?

At the start of the shooting season you may be shooting with friends who have recently ventured into fieldsports and don’t yet own a shotgun. So what’s the law if you are going shooting with a friend on a formal shoot and the friend, who doesn’t have a shotgun certificate,…

removals van

Moving house and your gun certificates – what you need to know

When you’re moving house you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. But what should you do if you’re a gun owner? What are the legalities to obey with a firearms or shotgun certificate when you’re moving house? Well, you must tell the local police about your forthcoming move…

proof marks on shotgun

Proof marks, serial numbers and how to re-proof a gun

A frequently asked question in our postbag is “how old is my gun or can I date my gun from its serial number?” It’s usually asked by somebody who has just bought a second-hand gun or who is considering it. The guns in question are usually around 20 years old…

Browning shotgun

Keeping your guns secure and safe – some police advice

When you’re the owner of a gun you need to be vigilant about firearms security. Which means being safe out in the field, when you’re transporting the gun and when you’re storing your gun. The last thing you want to happen is for your gun to fall into the wrong…