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Perfect Gun Safekeeping According to the Law

In itself a self-evident principle, to which even at the time of the “old” weapons law every responsible gun owner has agreed. But, like so many others, the rules for storing weapons have been tightened and formalized. In particular, now all firearms except air rifle and air pistol must be housed in a certified weapon cabinet with a certain security level or a certain degree of resistance. Now that the General Weapons Act, which came into force on December 1, 2003, contains new rules on the safekeeping of weapons, it would make sense to systematically present the regulations that now apply.

Security Levels

First, however, a few words on the different levels of security at vaults: The security levels A and B defined there are probably a term for any shooter. However, for some time now there has also been a comparable European standard, in which certain resistance levels, such as 0 or 1, are described.  According to this, gun safes according to the new resistance level 0 are correspondingly a lot more expensive than B or A cabinets, and are obvious even if you look at the price lists of the respective vault manufacturers. Let un know more from the gun safe reviews now.

However, if a gun cabinet has been certified according to the old standard, this classification remains valid and the cabinet can continue to be used as long as it complies with the minimum criteria described below. Also, A / B cabinets are still available in stores. So if you are planning to buy a new gun cabinet, you should hurry, so that he will not soon find only an offer on more expensive (and heavier) weapon cabinets with resistance 0.

So where with the rifle?

All long weapons subject to authorization, ie all KK rifles, bird boxes, etc., must be accommodated at least in a weapon locker of the security level A. For up to ten rifles, an A-cabinet is sufficient, more than ten rifles must be kept, for example, at a larger shooting club with a corresponding number of club weapons, either a plurality of A-cabinets must be juxtaposed or a large gun cabinet with at least the security level B. or the resistance grade A are available.

And if the whole family shoots? Then, unlike under the old weapons law, not every family member needs his own vault, but all members of a domestic community may collect their weapons together in a vault.

And the sports pistol?

On the other hand, storage for handguns is a bit more time-consuming, in principle a safe in security level B or resistance grade A is required, in which up to ten weapons can be stored again. For more weapons, either more B-vaults or a larger vault of resistance level 1 are required.

Where is the ammunition stored?

The ammunition also requires special custody. Here is the first principle that weapon and matching ammunition may not be stored together. A common storage of weapon and this ammunition is only possible if the gun cabinet has at least the resistance level 0, but not in a cabinet of security level B or even A. If the rifle cabinet of security level A or B has a separate lockable steel compartment, the Ammunition stored in it, in the B-compartment of the A-cabinet, the ammunition may also be stored together with the pistol.

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