New security rules for under-18s

There are new rules for shooters under 18 about how their shotguns or firearms are stored. New regulations come in to force on 12 December 2019.

Adults must have responsibility for the secure storage of guns held on the young person’s certificate. Police licensing departments will be contacting certificate holders under 18, to advise them on how they can comply.

An adult who takes responsibility for the secure storage can either be a parent or guardian of the certificate holder, or someone who holds a shotgun certificate – or in the case of rifles, a firearm certificate for the firearms and ammunition in question. 

Regulations are unclear if a parent or guardian will need to have an appropriate certificate. A two-key cabinet could be split between the minor and the adult.

The CPSA will provide a further update about how the change will operate in practice as soon as it is clarified.

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