Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Firearms Licencing - from a Commentor

Max has just left a comment on my last Firearms Licensing post to say

I applied for Class A open license for an air rifle and a .22lr on the 18th Feb 2010, Got a letter on the 7th April to ask if I wished to continue and to fit a gun safe cabinet, I had already fitted one and signed of by police so I sent back the letter that day.

Now 20th April Curiosity got the better of me today and I rang Firearms Licensing enquiring on the progress of my application and all I got was a recording saying:
"We are experiencing technical difficulties in processing the backlog of applications and will take in excess of 8 weeks to finalise your application........"

Its been 6 months since they introduced this new system and looks like they still can't get it together.

Thanks for the update Max and I hope that you get your new firearms in the not too distant future.

I am still not sure what to get for my next gun, but if this is the current situation with licencing maybe I'll wait a bit longer!


Max said...

It took 11 weeks and 1 day but the day finally arrived on Friday 14th. Collected my Rifles and had a great shoot over the weekend.

Overall even though the process was a bit tediouse and took a bit longer than expected the Police at Firearms branch were curtiouise, polite and willing to answer any questions I had so overall It was no where near as arduouse as i expected. Although I havn't applied for a CAT B firearm yet. :)

Julie said...

Glad to hear that it finally came through Max and that you had a good time with them over the weekend! Where's my invite to play with them too??

I was talking to someone the other day who had a handgun application processed in just over 2 weeks - so I'm wondering if it is really "luck of the draw".

All I need now is some more cash to buy another gun to test the system again!!

MAX said...

It must be something to do with 'luck of the draw' because I Got my approval and paperwork for my latest CAT A addition in 1 week!