This is an offshoot from some discussions on the medical notes thread. I was at a local clay shooting ground this week. The instructor there was telling me that he was waiting over 3 months now for a "one on one off" shotgun variation for his FAC (NI rules). I then grumbled that I was told don't expect anything for 6months because this is your first rifle mate (shooting 20 years). Meanwhile the RFD is lying out the money on his stock until this all gets processed. Why did it take 3 mins at a vehicle check point to get cleared in the 1980's (i.e. not a terrorist, no previous violent, no convictions, no dodgy associates) using a simple radio call to the authorities but now it takes 3-6 months to process a renewal or variation. Just curious if that is a sensible question, not having a rant. Sensible responses appreciated.