The security of each firearm is up to the individual in possession of it, but it is up to everyone to do the right thing. The following information will help you with the means to legally store and secure your firearms and ammunition when at home or in transit.
Secure Your Gun, Secure Your Sport
To create greater safe firearm storage awareness among SSAA members and the wider sports shooting fraternity, the SSAA publishes its Secure Your Gun, Secure Your Sport brochure. This handy guide highlights a variety of safes and where you can buy them, as well as definitions and capacity requirements of Category A, B, C, D and H firearms, and contact details for each state and territory firearm registry.
Gun safe storage
It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to properly secure your firearm safe and the peace of mind it brings makes it well worth it. Craig Richards’s article ‘Safe gun storage - gun safe installation’ offers some helpful advice regarding the type, position and attachment of safes within the home.
If you’re carrying registered firearms and ammunition in your car and are pulled over by the police for a random breath test, what should you do? Rod Pascoe’s article ‘A state by state look at travelling with firearms’ offers advice for taking reasonable storage precautions when travelling with firearms and ammunition.
Bruno Pollino’s article ‘The value of a good gun cabinet’ details how a strong safe can make a big difference in minimising any damage to your firearms in the unfortunate event of your house burning down.
Rod Pascoe’s article ‘Alternative safe storage of firearms and ammunition’ looks at the options available to licensed firearms owners who may be renting, cannot afford an expensive safe or are otherwise unable to store their firearms at home.
Water and salts are the number-one enemy of modern firearms. Con Kapralos’s article ‘Wet hands and damp safes’ details some of the products and techniques you can use to protect your firearms from rust and other damage while in storage.
Carrying firearms and ammunition on flights
Airlines often consider firearms, ammunition and related components to be ‘dangerous goods’. To learn more about the carriage of these items both domestically and internationally, including whether you require airline approval and whether these items may be carried on or checked in, visit the Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express (Rex) or Virgin Australia websites.