I know police look at this forum so I hope this gets through.
My license went in for renewal about the beginning of August. I have held a license for 20 years without any problems and now this. I still don't have a license although I have been told it has been issued.
Dear Robert Walter,
I have never felt the need to write to my MP before but feel I have
little choice as I feel that Dorset Firearms Licensing is in such
disarray as to make the system a farce.
I am an avid rifle shooter and some of my income is derived from rifle
shooting as a deer stalker. My firearms license was due for renewal on
14/9/2012. Knowing that some constabularies were experiencing backlogs
I sent my renewal forms back in 1 week after receiving them. This meant
that the Police dept had the forms for 7 weeks prior to my renewal
date. I then waited and 2 weeks before my renewal was due, was
contacted by .................... the local firearms licensing officer to
arrange a visit to check security and meet me. This meeting went
without any problems. I then waited for my license to arrive. I started
to become anxious when with only 2 working days to go until my license
expired I still had no continuation. Having read via the BASC website
about what I should do I contacted Dorset Firearms and was told that
they did not have ............ paperwork and that he was on holiday for 2
weeks. I then was told that it was okay to have my firearms in my
cabinet as long as I left them there. THIS IS ILLEGAL. And I told them
so! They insisted it was okay but I told them I wanted a section 7
temporary permit. They said that they would put one in the post. IT DID
NOT ARRIVE UNTIL THE MONDAY. This left me in a situation of breaking the
law as I did not have a certificate. Strangely then on the Friday before
Mr ............ returned from holiday I got a phone call saying my license
was ready. That's odd I said I thought you didn't have the paperwork.
Plus I wanted to talk to Mr ............ about a change to the application.
The day after Mr ............... returned to work I had a conversation with
him about adding a .243 rifle to my license. No problem he said. AND
HIS PAPERWORK SHOWS IT. Then another 12 days elapse until once again
there are 2x working days left to the expiry of the temporary permit.
So I text ............... and tell him that my section 7 license is
about to expire and still I don't have a license. He phones Dorset
Firearms who say they're going to post it. ONCE AGAIN MY LICENSE
EXPIRES AND I'M LEFT BREAKING THE LAW. When my license arrives on the
Monday 15/10/2012 it has NO .243 rifle. I then phone ..................... who
confirms that it s on his paperwork. Later I then phone Julie Walsh of
Dorset firearms licensing who says she didn't have any record of it.
SOMEONE IS LYING. Julie Walsh then says that if I post my license then
she'll put it on there as shes spoken to .......... and it's okay. I say
I'll bring it down it'll be faster than the post and she replies that
it won't be. Really, yes she says because we only get 1x delivery of
mail per day from the head office. But she guarantees that when she
gets it she will do it then and put it straight back in 1st class mail.
So I duly post my license paying extra for guaranteed delivery on the
Wednesday 17/10/12 because I am supposed to be culling deer on a deer
park on the Thursday and have yet to collect my rifle and zero it in.
What Julie Walsh failed to tell me was that the post takes 1x day to
travel the 400yds from headquarters to the firearms building. SO POSTING
YOUR LICENSE IS NOT QUICKER. ANOTHER LIE. So here I am on Thursday
18/10/2012 supposed to be culling deer and losing money because I am
not. Having entered my license in plenty of time ( 7 weeks prior to
renewal). Admittedly I did make a change or at least try to make one,
but that was 2 weeks before my renewal was due. I have been asked to
break the law, I have been put in a position where I have broken the
law and I feel as if I have been lied to or at least not been told the
whole truth. AND I STILL DON'T HAVE A LICENSE
I've left out some names, just because.