My coterminous Firearms & Shotgun Certificates expired at midnight last night, so at 08:30 this morning I telephoned the Firearms dept of the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary to see where my replacements had got too.
I was told by a very nice lady that she could see from her computer records that the new certificates had been printed out and were waiting to be signed off by a Manager, so they should be with me in a couple more days time.
I then pointed out that as I am on several RTA call out lists (which can take me into neighbouring forces areas) and also shoot on ranges so I need to have either my licences or Permits Forms 111 and 112 today. I then offered to go and collect them, so that they would not be delayed in the post.
The very nice lady then said, she would have a word with the Manager, and would phone me back.
At 09:09 I received a telephone call saying that both of my Certificates could be collected from their HO Reception, which I duly thanked them for.
About an hour later I collected the Certificates from the receptionist, who invited me to check them which I duly did. The Shotgun Certificate was correct but the Firearms Certificate contained two errors, the first giving me permission to purchase two Moderators which I already had, and the other an omission in what I could lawfully shoot with my rifles when compared to my expired certificate.
The receptionist contacted the Firearms dept which resulted in a member of their staff coming out to see me. We then discussed the error and the omission – comparing them to my expired licence, which then resulted in the Firearms Certificate being immediately corrected and re-issued to me within 30 minutes.
Thus credit where credit is due, I wish to thank the Firearms dept of the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary for the much appreciated service of today.
Also I would also like to thank list member IanF (whom I have known since June 1996) for his continued advice on weaponry and ballistics.