Category Archives: Security
Shooters planning to travel with the Finnair airline may wish to reconsider after reading yesterdays article on the Manchester Evening News website where the unfortunate customer completed his outbound journey to be informed his rifle bolt and a quantity of ammunition had gone missing, to make matters worse his hunting partners suffered damaged property on the return leg. Considering the security precautions and vetting that licensed firearms owners have to go through in the UK the least we can expect is that when we travel our firearms will be stored safely, securely and returned to us as expected. The fact that firearm components and ammunition can simply “go missing” frankly is quite outrageous.
Due to a fairly recent change in legislation, the Crime and Security Act 2010 makes it an offence for a person in possession of an air gun to fail to take “reasonable precautions” to prevent someone under the age of 18 from gaining unauthorized access to it. Airguns must be secured by lock and key, via a cable, chain, trigger lock, or lockable Cabinet in order to comply with this legislation. Many gun specific security devices can be bought from gun shops, for relatively little expense.
The legal advice contained within this publication remains unchanged e.g. 14-17 year olds may still use air guns unsupervised on private premises where they have permission, this is considered authorized access.