We're working through a backlog of new grant and renewal applications as quickly as we can, so unfortunately our standard timeframes can't be guaranteed. This also applies to variations, transfers and updates.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.
During this time:
We won't respond to enquiries regarding the progress and status of applications.
Making a complaint about the delay will not expedite your application.
We'll only get in touch with you if we have questions about your application, or need to ask for more information or to arrange a home visit.
Please only apply for a variation if it's absolutely necessary. If you do so, you must return your current certificate to the firearms department or it won't be able to issue a new certificate to you.
Applications submitted without the completed GP proforma will not be accepted. You will need to submit a new application. A refund will be issued to you for your original application.
It will likely take a minimum of 24 weeks from the date of your application for us to get in touch with you.
Please note: We're aiming to respond to renewal applications in a timely way. However, please be aware that you'll be committing an offence under the Firearms Act 1968 Section (1) if your certificate expires and you're still in possession of your weapon(s), and have not received notification of an extension.