What a great Firearms Licensing Dept! Last year they turned around my Visitors Annual Firearms and Shotgun Permits in 10 days; this year, they did it in 8. They sent me an email stating that they received my application from my sponsor and would deal with it asap. They granted me all that I asked for; they also informed me that they would grant me all the rifles that are on my EU Firearms Pass (quite a few)
And polite as you like on the phone!