Essex, Herts & Buck plod have decided that there's no need for home visits at SGC/FAC renewal time... minister steps in and makes a fuss. BBC News - Minister intervenes in gun licence row. They may have a point: "We are taking a risk-based approach to this, we can show that only 0.2% of home visits actually lead to a revocation of a certificate in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire...Unfortunately in the current climate policing is having 20% removed from its budgets we have to make best use of that money and we are adopting a risk-based approach." Standard plod approach to lack of cash: reluctantly offer to stop doing something until someone makes a fuss or a incident occurs then the money starts flowing again. Mind you there's plenty of other evidence that the whole licensing process makes only a tiny dent in the number of inappropriately used weapons... "...A firearms licensing officer, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC that police forces only recovered a quarter of the cost of the work involved around licensing and renewals from the cost of the licence..." Given this government's "you want it - you pay for it" approach to public services I think there's a reasonable chance we'll end up seeing an increase in the fee for SGC/FAC. Get your renewals/applications in quick!