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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:36 pm 
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I have just applied to Avon and Somerset for the Grant of my first FAC. The rumour is it might take 8 months so I wondered if anyone here has had a recent experience? Cheers.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:48 pm 
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Hi GB - take a look at trh 2018 league tables (link below) - A & S don't look as bad as you think

https://basc.org.uk/firearms/firearms-l ... able-2018/


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:08 pm 
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I fall under Avon & Somerset and although I can’t remember how long it took it definitely wasn’t 8 months! I doubt you’ll wait that long.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:09 pm 
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Thanks for that. It probably isn’t as bad as I thought. Good news!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:48 pm 
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I applied for my SGC on 22 Sept with A&S Police. Had my visit, phone calls to my referee. I was initially informed it would be 14 weeks which made it just before New Year, but during the visit they said there ws a backlog so would be end of Jan early Feb. So having to wait for cert to come through.
While I have 2 guns sat at the local shooting club that I can't bring home. But I can go and shoot there as long as I have a SGC holder with me


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yeah, they say that theres a backlog, but my renewal was done in time

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:09 am 
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bradaz11 wrote:
yeah, they say that theres a backlog, but my renewal was done in time


When there is a backlog renewals will always take priority over grants for obvious reasons. Which obviously compounds the issue for grants!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:37 pm 
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Cheekily I emailed the A&S team to see if there was a proposed date for the issue of my SGC. Had a very polite email back. Saying it takes as long as it takes but it had been approved.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:53 pm 
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Update to the FAC situation in Somerset. I hadn't heard anything in over two months since applying so I emailed the Firearms team. They replied and said it is taking around 20 weeks for initial FAC grants in Somerset.

So I'm about halfway there!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:56 pm 
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fingerscrossed

It seems like a long time...

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