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    Letter from Essex Firearms

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    If you are notifying us of the acquisition or disposal of a weapon pleasetake this reply as confirmation it will be dealt with.
    Unfortunately due to recent changes in working practice and extremely highvolume of work within Firearms Licensing at this present time the ServiceDelivery Targets previously set are not able to be met and this office isunable to respond to any email queries of timescales for the completion orprogression of applications/renewals etc.
    If your application is within the timeframe shown below, please do nottelephone our office. A high volume of enquiries prevents us from processingwork efficiently.
    Grant of a firearm or a shot gun certificate
    40 weeks
    Renewal of a firearm or shot gun certificate (includingvariation to acquire additional firearms)
    16 weeks (from the date of the expiry of the previouscertificate). Please note: a temporary permit will be issued which will lastfor 6 months from the expiry of the old certificate. This will cover thecertificate holder during the renewal process.
    Change of address
    8 weeks
    'one for one' variation on an identical or similar calibre
    4-5 weeks
    'one for one' variation on none identical or similarcalibres and amendment of certificates for additional 'good reason' or use
    10-12 weeks
    Grant or renew a European Firearms Pass (Note: This can onlybe issued to the expiry dates of a valid FAC or SGC)
    1 week
    Issue a temporary permit (Section 7), providing any delay isdue to Police
    1 week

    We ask for your continued patience whilst we process the current workload.Please trust that we are working hard to achieve this, and apologise forinconvenience caused.
    Kind Regards,
    Firearms Licensing
    Firearms, Shotgun & Explosives Licensing (FSEL) Section
    Essex Police Headquarters, P O Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex. CM26DA
    Office Tel: 01245 452768
    Fax: 01245 452157

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    Scary! Based in Woodford, right over the border, the Met is so much better. Variations including one-for-one, addition of new calibre, notice of transfer...etc, all dealt with within a week. Haven't renewed with them yet as I was with Surrey Police before but 40 weeks, really? That beggars belief. Talk about postcode lottery!

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