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    Good old Met Police... Not

    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.
    Last edited by mrhim; 30-09-2016 at 10:20.

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    I do note that their website firearms page clearly states in bold type "Empress State Building will not accept courier deliveries"



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    I must say all the years I've been shooting I've never been on there website as I've never needed to.

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    So to summarise, what you are really saying is "Thank you very much Mr Policeman for going out of your way to help me (and for apparently breaching policy/guidelines to do so)"?

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    That's shocking. To be honest I can understand it for normal post as courtiers have access inner sanctum minus security checks and stuff plus they could carry anything dodgy in vs Royal Mail where it goes through "security". Still for the firearms stuff you would think they would make an exception but hey ho.

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    No im not saying thank you. Why on earth is a letter delivered to the from desk by Royal Mail any difrent to a letter delivered by DHL?? It seems every other force you can actually go down and hand them the application in in person. The Met are as always unhelpful and awkward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasputin View Post
    That's shocking. To be honest I can understand it for normal post as courtiers have access inner sanctum minus security checks and stuff plus they could carry anything dodgy in vs Royal Mail where it goes through "security". Still for the firearms stuff you would think they would make an exception but hey ho.
    Not accessing the 'Inner sanctum' just dropping a letter off at the front reception that anyone off the street can access. Basically there is no good reason for it.

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    +1 for the website: it is absolutely clear.
    I just sent my FAC off to the Met for variation and they were fast and extremely helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrhim View Post
    Not accessing the 'Inner sanctum' just dropping a letter off at the front reception that anyone off the street can access. Basically there is no good reason for it.
    Probably something daft like if RM goes to a Post Room. Courier probably front desk or something like that unchecked could be anthrax or anything. Sounds silly I know but that's how these people think because whilst you and I mean well. Plenty of people who don't.

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    Yep, I guess it'll be a security measure against terrorism. One of the down sides of living in the smoke.

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