Firearms and ammunition to which a certificate relates must be securely stored at all times (except when the firearm or ammunition is in use, or being cleaned, repaired, tested or is in transit) so as to prevent unauthorised access, so far as is reasonably practicable. The minimum acceptable storage standard within Northern Ireland must equate to Gun Cabinet Specification BS 7558 (1992). Gun Cabinets must be secured to the fabric of the building.
Firearms and ammunition being conveyed in a vehicle must be hidden from view and should be secured to an anchorage point or contained in a securely fixed and locked box within the said vehicle. Never carry a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
The security measures should be reasonable, realistic and appropriate considering the risks involved.
If a firearm certificate holder is going to be away temporarily from their place of residence the firearm may be left for safe-keeping with local police.
Advice on security arrangements is available from the local Crime Prevention Officer.