IFA Countryside has welcomed the Firearms Consultative Panel’s recommendation not to compel owners of a single shotgun to have a gun cabinet. It had been proposed that the minimum level of security for owners of a single shotgun should be a gun cabinet. ‘This is a sensible recommendation that takes into account the many concerns IFA Countryside had in making gun cabinets compulsory for single shot gun owners,’ said IFA’s Bernard Phelan. ‘Approximately 80,000 farmers and casual huntsmen own a single shotgun. This measure would have cost in the region of €18 million, without any significant improvement in public safety or security,’ he said.