SAFE GUN STORAGE
1. Never store a loaded airgun. Always check that your airgun is unloaded before putting it into storage. ‘ Unloaded’ means that there is no pellet in the breech AND that the mainspring or hammer spring is at rest.
2. Store your airgun and pellets separately. If an unauthorised person does gain access to your airgun, then make sure that they don’t have the pellets as well.
3. Store your airgun and accessories out of sight. Never leave your airgun where it can be seen through an outside window, or by casual visitors. If transporting it in a car, either lock it out of sight in the boot, or cover it.
4. Do not store your airgun anywhere that unauthorised people, especially young children, might gain access to it.
Owners will be liable for a fine of up to £1000 if they do not take reasonable precautions to stop unauthorised access to their airguns by people under the age of 18. Buy a locking cabinet or lock the room containing the airgun, or fit a trigger lock.
5. Consider whether there’s an easy way to render your airgun incapable of being fired.
Proprietary trigger locks and security chains/ hawsers aren’t too expensive, and there are sometimes other ways to prevent your airgun from being fired, depending on the type of airgun, such as unscrewing the bolt handle on some PCPs.
Never leave a loaded gun unattended