Locked up tight
Lloyd Pattison looks at the options for keeping your gun safe and legal when you’re on the road
Lloyd Pattison looks over a few products designed to ensure safety in transit
Driving with your gun to a shoot is part and parcel of the sport, but not something to be taken lightly. Not only do you want to prevent the loss of your valuable gun, it’s also a legal requirement that you take ‘reasonable precautions’ to avoid it being stolen. That phrase is open to interpretation, but the Home Office Firearms Security Handbook sets out what the police are likely to consider sufficient. It also provides guidance for competition shooters who may be travelling to a shoot over a weekend and staying in a hotel.
Nothing can provide 100% protection, but complying with those guidelines will give you added peace of mind, knowing that you have taken the precautions that the law requires. Find the guide online at: www. gov.uk/government/publications/firearmshandbook-2005.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of products for securing your pride and joy in your vehicle. There are also various trigger locks and other devices to render your gun inoperable if it was stolen, and you could use those in addition to the products listed here, but we’ll look at those another time.
“The law requires that you take ‘reasonable precautions’ to keep your gun secure”