Shotgun waiting times proven to vary dramatically across the UK

We’ve all been there, excitedly waiting for our Shotgun Certificate to be approved after having found ourselves in love with shooting, or indeed carefully renewing our certificates with plenty of time to ensure a seamless renewal process.

Sadly, as this study from the Shooting Times show that granting or renewal of Shotgun Certificates and Firearms Certificates varies wildly from police force to police force with The Metropolitan Police dealing with applications in under 4 weeks and Essex Police taking over 5 months. We in Hampshire fair little better than Essex as can be seen in this excellent piece:

http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/shooting/start-shooting/how-long-will-it-take-you-to-get-your-shotgun-and-firearms-certificates-47904