So my FAC & SGC & EU Firearms Pass are up for renewal in the next couple of months. So like a responsible firearms owner I filled my application out in good time. As I was sending back all 3 Certifcates I thought best to send it by courier as it's a sensative document you don't want going through the post. As well all know how secure Royal Mail is.
So my courier (a national provider) Picks up my envelope and duly drives it over to the office, finds the front desk and say 'I've got a letter for the Firearms Enquire Team' Only to be told you can't deliver letter by courier and it can only be delivered by Royal Mail... The courier firm call me to say they won't accept the letter. I ask them to wait and try and call the department.
i call up the FET and say, what's going on? Why can't a courier deliver a sensitive document to your department of all departments. FET response was well you should only send letters by Royal Mail to this office and we can't accept courier deliverys. after some much fast talking the chap agrees if not begrudgingly to go down and pick up the letter. Tuts at me down the phone and reminded me several times again that this shouldn't have happened and I'm a very naughty boy for wanting to send a very sensative letter hand delivered be it by courier. In the back of my mind I'm thinking, some favour your doing me, I've enclosed a cheque for £60 odd quid and who made up the rule only Royal Mail can be used to deliver letters to the civil service...
i regularly hear that a lot of shooters have a good relationship with there FET and will often 'pop in' for a chat or to amend a variation. Well fat chance with the Met Police.
And this is from the force sorry 'service' that has already lost a variation they sent to me. God knowns where that certificate is roaming and who's hands it ended up in. Scary, as they send the document unsigned and with slots to be filled by second class mail.