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Leading Sports Shooting Body
The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) was incorporated as a public company on October 1, 1973. We exist to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners' interests.
With more than 36,000 members, SSAA Victoria is a leading body representing licensed firearm owners in Victoria. SSAA Victoria has more than a dozen branches and more than 30 sub-clubs and disciplines within the organisation.
SSAA Victoria News
Put pen to paper for the future of your sport
SSAA Victoria and its key industry partners are hearing worrying reports out of Canberra about the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) review.
It is now apparent that State Police agencies will present recommendations for the NFA at a meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC), likely to be held next month.
Recommendations from the jurisdictions have been shrouded in secrecy and neither industry nor recreational organisations have been consulted, which appears to be a deliberate ploy by police and public servants.
What is known, is that discussions regarding classification of lever-action shotguns, magazine capacity and storage will likely be included in recommendations to the review.
There is every possibility that changes to the NFA could lead to compulsory confiscation of some firearms.
It cannot be overstated what may happen here.
The firearms industry has united to call on all licensed firearm owners, their friends and families to write to their state Police Ministers. The letter should request the recommendations they will be putting forward to the review. It is also important to copy this correspondence to your local State and Federal parliamentary members or, better still, meet your local members face-to-face.
This is the biggest threat to licensed firearm owners since the 1996 gun confiscation.
Experience shows that decisions which are made without full and open consultation with firearm owners and industry, and which are not based on sound verifiable evidence, invariably impact negatively on us.
to read the latest article form our political body the Combined Firearms Council of Victoria. It details some of the potential changes in detail and their impacts.
It is critical that we make our concerns known.
SSAA Victoria cannot overstate the importance of being polite and respectful in these letters. The purpose of these letters is to ask for genuine consultation, not to attack people or score points.
See below a suggested letter developed by the CFCV on behalf of the shooting industry.
Dear (name of your MPs etc)
I understand the Police Ministers will meet in October to consider proposals relating to the National Firearms Agreement, in particular the categorisation of some firearms, storage requirements and magazine capacity.
These proposals have been developed under a shroud of secrecy to avoid consultation with the shooting community. This is divisive and can only lead to bad policy outcomes.
Good policy outcomes come through proper consultation processes which support a 'no surprises' approach. However, State and Commonwealth public servants and the police have been developing policy proposals ‘under the radar’ which demonstrates bad faith on their part.
Policy development without consultation leads to significant errors. Earlier this year the Tasmania Police published guidelines (without consultation) which inadvertently advocated a ban on the Olympic target sports. They later withdrew their guidelines. Last year the Victoria Police issued guidelines (without consultation) on the transportation of firearms which misinterpreted the Firearms Act. These required significant correction, to their embarrassment.
Behaviour like this is inexcusable and helps no one. It certainly does not help make your job, or that of our relevant ministers, easier.
As a constituent directly affected by the National Firearms Agreement, I would like to suggest that the full suite of proposed changes to the NFA be referred to State and Commonwealth firearms consultative committees for proper and open consultation with the shooting community.
I believe the Police Ministers should consider implementing a new and permanent model of policy development which takes facts and data into account, and supports the 'no surprises' approach.
I look forward to hearing from you.
to see a complete list of the country's Police Ministers and their contact details.
Farmer Assist comes to Victoria
SSAA Victoria is launching the Farmer Assist Program at the Elmore Field Days from October 4 to 6. It means SSAA members can register for the program from Tuesday, October 4. At the Field Days SSAA Victoria will be encouraging farmers to register for the free program and post their jobs on the website.
The fully online platform allows farmers and land managers to post job ads when they require help with pest and feral animal control. SSAA members that are approved and registered can access to the program to apply for those jobs. Farmers then select the right applicants for the job.
The Farmer Assist Program provides an opportunity for SSAA members to connect with property owners, who can provide them with hunting opportunities. “People with no direct connections to the land often have a hard time finding hunting opportunities,” Conservation and Pest Management Manager Rhys Coote said. “Driving from property to property knocking on doors can be time consuming and it can be a hard sell. This portal provides that link and allows members to build up a trusting relationship with farmers.”
SSAA members who want to become volunteer operators will need to undertake a self-guided shooting competency assessment using an approved Farmer Assist Assessment Target. The target must then be signed-off by an accredited Range Officer. All members who then participate in the program are covered by the Association’s $20 million public liability insurance.
SSAA Victoria will be promoting the program at the Agribusiness Pavilion of the Elmore Field Days, site AP38. Members are encouraged to visit the site and show the team their membership cards to go in the draw to win a member prize.
An extended story about Farmer Assist will be printed in the October edition of the Victorian Shooter. For further information visit the SSAA Farmer Assist website www.farmerassist.com.au or sign-up below to receive the email version of the Victorian Shooter.
Ballot results announced
The SSAA Victoria Annual General Meeting was held at the Sandown Park Hotel on Sunday, September 18.
At the meeting Greg Moon and Jeff Kuyken were re-elected to the Board, and David Schereck filled the third vacancy.
The results of the ballot were as follows: Greg Moon 2416 votes, David Schereck 2377 votes, Jeff Kuyken 2271 votes and Bernard Thole 954 votes.
The Board expressed its thanks to exiting Director Henry Rogers, who chose not to stand for re-election.
to read the questions taken on notice.
Q&A issues Monis licensing correction
sparked outcry among sporting shooters during discussions about firearms on its September 12 program.
On the panel of five, the only firearm owner was Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie, who was forced to answer one audience question connecting firearm owner to terrorists.
Kicking off the program, Merinda Air asked, “Bridget McKenzie why do you like shooting for fun and why do you feel that anyone should get access to firearms? I can understand farmers, but not members of the general public.”
That was followed by a question from young audience member Alexander Czerwaniw. “Does Bridget Mckenzie think that expanding gun ownership could lead to increased terror rates or increase the likelihood of a mass shooting?” he said.
Senator McKenzie did her best to correct much of the misinformation spread by the panelists fumbling through the debate. But a comment from program host Tony Jones really 'took the cake'.
“Theoretically if (Man Haron Monis) was able to go into a gun shop and buy a shotgun, which he did, he could theoretically buy a lever-action, rapid-fire shotgun,” he said of the person behind the Lindt Café siege.
When Senator McKenzie tried to clarify the licensing process to Tony, he stepped in and claimed “(Monis) did that”.
Outcry immediately ensued online, with SSAA Victoria and several firearm owners stepping in to correct Tony. SSAA Victoria and several individuals called for a #factcheck in the next 24 hours. On Monday their call was answered.
Tony issued a correction this week live on the program, and published it on the website.
“In responding to a question on gun regulation and terrorism the events of the Lindt Cafe siege were dealt with briefly,” the correction says. “Q&A implied that siege gunman Man Haron Monis lawfully bought a shotgun.
“This was not the case. Monis was not a licensed gun owner and while it remains unclear how he obtained the shotgun he used in the siege, the evidence presented to the Coronial Inquest is that it came from the so-called “grey market” of weapons. It had been legally imported but never registered.”
SSAA Victoria encourages its members to continue to correct misinformation on television through social media, letters and phone calls. Always keep your cool and be respectful of people with different points of view. Educate them and they may change.