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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

Firearms review stuck in limbo

The Adler A110 lever-action shotgun in its seven-shot configuration remains banned from importation after State Police Ministers and members of The Law, Crime and Community Safety Subcommittee (LCCSC) failed to agree on recategorisation. The lever-action shotgun in its five-shot capacity remains available to licensed shooters. The SSAA has continuously warned against the recategorisation of any firearms when there is no evidence to support a benefit to community safety. Legislation and regulation based on hysterical emotion or fear mongering is bad governance. For the past 18 months, the SSAA and other firearms sports and industry groups have counselled, met with and provided written submissions to the Federal and state governments, with little evidence that they have progressed with any positive changes to firearms laws. For now, it appears the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) review is destined to remain in limbo and with that a lost opportunity to cut red tape for firearms owners and government departments. The SSAA also notes today’s release of the newly named body, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) report on Enhancing the national picture of illicit firearms. The main findings of the report include the fact that outlaw motorcycle gangs continue to traffic illicit firearms, that online trading of illegal firearms is growing and that there may well be many more than 250,000 illegal and unregistered longarms in Australia - something that we have been stating for many years. We support the intelligence and policing efforts into the illegal movement and use of firearms, as time and time again crimes involving firearms are committed by an unlicensed shooter with an unregistered firearm.

Deer harvest data released

The number of deer being harvested by Game Licence-holders in Victoria increased by 10,000 from 2014 to 2015, according to the ‘Estimates of harvest for deer in Victoria’. Game Management Authority today released data obtained through telephone surveys of Game Licence-holders licensed to hunt deer. The information collected included the amount of time spent hunting each year, the number of deer harvested, hunting methods and more. In 2014, each licence-holder hunted on approximately 6.7 days, with an average yearly harvest of 2.2 deer each. The results for the following year were similar, with the licence-holders hunting on 6.8 days and harvesting 2.4 deer each. Based on the total number of people endorsed to hunt deer, this corresponds to an estimated 62,165 deer harvested during the 2014 deer-hunting season in Victoria and 71,142 in 2015. The most commonly harvested species in 2014 and 2015 was Sambar, with an estimated total harvest of 51,390 and 55,094 respectively, followed by Fallow deer, with an estimated 7870 and 14,488 harvested respectively. The majority of those deer were found in the Goulburn Broken CMA region, followed by the East Gippsland CMA and the North East CMA regions. In 2014 the top five towns for the total reported number of deer harvested were (in descending order) Mansfield, Bairnsdale, Dargo, Benalla and Myrtleford. The top five towns for the total reported number of deer harvested the following year were Mansfield, Myrtleford, Dargo, Bairnsdale and Licola. For the full story on the harvest report, read the December edition of the Victorian Shooter magazine.

Critical time for firearm owners

The import ban on the seven-shot Adler A110 lever-action shotgun will continue indefinitely if the states cannot agree to a classification for the firearm, according to the Prime Minister. Speaking in Parliament last night, Malcolm Turnbull revealed the real motives for extending the ban for the first time. Until that point, the ban was extended “until the National Firearms Agreement had been completed”. “We stand by John Howard’s National Firearms Agreement. We’re proud of it,” Mr Turnbull said. “We put in place an import ban that expired in August this year. Because agreement has not been reached, we have renewed it indefinitely. “It is not a temporary ban, it is permanent. It is set in stone – it can be amended, but it is there. What my Government has done is ensure that no Adler lever-action guns with more than five rounds can be imported under any category.” A media storm erupted on Monday night after Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm offered to vote in favour of the Australian Building and Construction Commission bills in return for a lift on the Adler ban. Unfortunately, Senator Leyonhjelm’s plan appears to have failed catastrophically. Journalists across the country grabbed hold of Senator Leyonhjelm’s announcement and published story after story on the topic, with more and more misinformed parties stepping in to make comment. Overnight the Opposition made the Adler the top priority for question time. Labor leader Bill Shorton asked, “Will the Prime Minister rule out weakening John Howard’s gun laws as a part of horse trading in the Senate?” He directed another question to Justice Minister Michael Keenan: “Has the Minister ever offered to weaken Australia’s gun laws for support in the Senate.” Using the opportunity to raise his dwindling public profile, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott also involved himself in the debate. He Tweeted that it was "disturbing to see reports of horse-trading on gun laws. ABCC should be supported on its merits." Even Mr Abbott’s disgraced former Chief of Staff Peta Credlin then jumped on the bandwagon, claiming there was never a deal to end the Adler import ban and linking lawful firearm owners and terrorists. "Let's not forget we had gone through terror raid after terror raid and obviously Martin Place and Tony was adamant that it would not come into the country in that classification that it was proposed for. Nor would it come in in the immediate aftermath of those arrest," she said. Federal Nationals MP Mark Coulton was critical of the Senator’s decision to go public with his bargaining tool. "If you want to get something you usually gather the support on the quiet and do it behind the scenes," he said. "Once it's headline news it becomes very difficult." This morning the firestorm continued, with representatives from Gun Control Australia and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation flooding the air waves with misinformation. Fortunately our National President Geoff Jones has been involved with several media interviews on behalf of the SSAA. SSAA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jack Wegman says the Adler debate is totally out of control and the credibility of the National Firearms Agreement is in question. “The authorities who are conducting this review are refusing to disclose any meaningful information to the shooting industry,” he said. “We have been stonewalled at every turn. We have heard many possible changes to the National Firearms Agreement – some distressing and others pleasing – but everything at this point is hearsay. “I cannot overstate this. It is up to firearm owners everywhere, members of all shooting organisations, to unite and put pressure on the State and Commonwealth governments. Remember 1996 and do everything you can to prevent that from reoccurring. “Please write to your local members, write to the Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville and write to the Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan. If you haven’t already, talk to friends, family and work colleagues about the Adler and the National Firearms Agreement review and educate them on the misinformation being spread by the anti-gun lobby and some politicians. Remember to always remain calm and respectful.” When speaking with friends, family and colleagues, SSAA Victoria encourages all members also to remember the following:
  • Decisions must be based on data and evidence, not intuition, instinct or prejudice, and made with consistency.
  • No evidence has been presented that lever-action firearms pose any more risk than any other firearm, which is legally available.
  • Lever-action technology was invented in the 1860s, making it more than 150 years old.
  • There have been no recorded cases of an Adler being used in crime in Australia.
  • Lifting the importation ban on the Adler shotgun would not be trading away Australia’s gun laws – it would be applying them consistently.
  • This type of shotgun has been available in Australia since 1887. The early models included those with a magazine capacity of seven. In 1996, lever-action firearms were classified as Category A and there have been no safety issues involving lever-actions since.
  • The Adler simply has a more modern and ergonomic design relative to other models of lever-action shotgun and a lighter weight alloy receiver.
  • Firearms experts from the Australian Federal Government have confirmed there is no new technology in the firearm and that it operates in the same manner and same speed as all other lever-action shotguns.
  • Pursuing the recategorisation of lever-action shotguns with a capacity of more than five rounds will establish the platform for the recategorisation of lever-action and pump-action rifles.
The following fact sheet may be of use to members. This was created last year and circulate to politicians.
The Hon Lisa Neville MP Minister for Police Level 17, 8 Nicholson St East Melbourne VIC 3002 The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice PO Box 6022 House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 The Hon George Brandis QC Attorney General PO Box 6100 Senate, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 To find your local MP search Australian Parliament Website

RSPCA removes anti-duck hunting campaign

The RSPCA has removed its ‘Stop the slaughter’ anti-duck hunting campaign from its website. The move comes after an independent review of RSPCA's inspectorate services urged the group to stop conducting activist campaigns against Victoria’s animal welfare laws. The review, led by Victoria Police’s former Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie, found there was a perceived conflict of interest regarding the charity, which is partly funded by the Victorian Government. The conflict of interest arose because the RSPCA, which was responsible for enforcing State prevention of cruelty to animals laws, also engaged in “activism against those same or related laws”. On Thursday, October 6, RSPCA Chief Executive Liz Walker accepted the recommendation that: “RSPCA Victoria, while continuing its legitimate advocacy role, discontinue its public activist campaigning against the existing laws of this State”. “We knew we needed to improve the effectiveness of our inspectorate," she said. "This was a key driver in commissioning the review. We are now very clear on what the current issues are and what we must do to resolve them." When RSPCA failed to remove its ‘Stop the slaughter’ campaign from the website later that week, Shooters and Fishers Party MP Daniel Young exposed the group. “While I welcome the recommendation and the stated response from the RSPCA, I now call for immediate action to put an end to this campaign against law-abiding duck hunters,” Mr Young said. An avid and long-time duck hunter, Mr Young said he had long-challenged the Victorian Government for allowing an agency that received State funding to vilify an activity that was legal in the State. “I raised questions as to why the Government supported the RSPCA when it prioritised other issues and campaigns above what should have been its main objective of preventing incidents where poor animal welfare existed,” he said. However, today the campaign has been removed from the website and it appears the RSPCA has returned to its roots. Under the ‘issues’ section of its website is just ‘cat welfare’ and ‘puppy factories’. In its ‘get involved’ section there is a link to ‘issues’ with a picture of a duck, however the link leads nowhere.
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