When does a bolt action rifle become a firearm, is it only when the bolt is in place - or is it still classed as firearm even with the bolt & magazine removed?
I often go stalking in the morning before i go to work, instead of taking the rifle home i will take it to work with me as my ground is significantly closer to work than it is home. I leave the rifle in the car, bring the bolt into work with me & lock it in my drawer & then the magazine & ammo stays in my pocket all day. All very discreet & nobody knows about it (done it for years)... my car also sits directly outside my office window & my desk faces the window, so its still in my sight & nobody could steal it without me noticing. The other day a situation arose where a member of the driving team had to borrow my car, so instead of packing him off with my rifle in tow i removed it from the car before giving him the keys & brought the rifle into my office which i dont share with anyone else.
It was still disasembled in its slip, but now a member of staff has put a complaint in about me bringing a "firearm" into work. Im trying to argue that it isnt a firearm in its current dismantled state & it completely harmless.
Normally it would be kept in my car, but the situation forced me to bring it into the office.
Can anybody clarify whether i actually brought a firearm into the office or not?