Here in Northern Ireland it is the case that getting a FAC renewed takes a long time, often 12 months and I have heard of people waiting 2 and 3 years. By the time the paperwork comes through the door it is nearly time to apply for the next renewal and most people seem to be without their FAC for one year in every five.
Today I got an email from BASC in Northern Ireland saying that Jim Shannon MP has met with police and head of firearms to discuss the problem. I assume, though it isn't clearly stated in the email, that Jim Shannon was involved by or acting on behalf of BASC. It appears that the police and firearms people are working to speed things up and have agreed to meet again if there is not an improvement.
So, some good news for those of us in NI, lets hope we see a significant improvement in turn around times. and credit to BASC for bringing this to the attention of the police and firearms people.