Li­cens­ing woes

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I have been a firearms li­cence holder for 15 years and thought I would take up clay-pi­geon shoot­ing as a new chal­lenge. I ap­plied for a shot­gun cer­tifi­cate, and my ap­pli­ca­tion was re­ceived by Mersey­side Po­lice Firearms Depart­ment on 3 October 2017. They cashed my cheque for £79.50 on the 23 October, so I as­sumed the process was un­der way. How naive can one be?

Af­ter two months I was in­formed that my ap­pli­ca­tion was not even in their sys­tem yet and it could take up to six months to com­plete be­cause they are short staffed. Since then I have had one visit from a firearms in­spec­tor to check out my premises and se­cu­rity in March this year. When he saw the date of my ap­pli­ca­tion on the form he was gen­uinely em­bar­rassed and apol­o­gised for the de­lay. He in­formed me my back­ground checks were com­pleted in Jan­uary – which, in his opin­ion, was point­less be­cause I was al­ready checked out for my FAC.

It is now May 2018, more than seven months into my ap­pli­ca­tion and I am still wait­ing for my shot­gun cer­tifi­cate. I have al­ways sup­ported the po­lice for the dif­fi­cult job they have to do but short staffed or not this is a dis­grace­ful ser­vice from Mersey­side Po­lice.

Name with­held

I’m afraid your story is not unique – many peo­ple are wait­ing up to a year for their cer­tifi­cate.

Ed –

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