Originally Posted by rich
I think it reads even worse than you may surmise. It doesn't actually require the juvenile to have accessed or taken one of your guns; it appears that you commit the offence by not preventing them from having access.
OK it's harder to prove they have access when they haven't used that access.
In practice they all have to be locked away.
You could be right though Rich. I can see someone perhaps being visited, perhaps to investigate misuse by a suspected minor, and an airgun leaning up by the back door in a house with under 18's could be enough perhaps...
Not that it bothers me, I have no under 18's in my place, and so they're locked up by virtue of them being in a locked house, and everyone I know who has under 18's and air rifles has them locked away anyway.