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    Q486: How long does it take to process a firearms certificate?

    Each application is dealt with on its own merits so it is not possible to give a specific time scale. In some instances it can take up to 4 months depending on any medical issues, convictions etc. This will vary from force to force so you should make any further enquiries with the Firearms Department within your local police force; you can do this via the non-emergency 101 number.

    Please note that all calls to police involving firearms are treated as if it is a genuine firearm so be aware that if you do wave an imitation firearm around you could find yourself surrounded by firearms officers pointing real weapons at you.

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