You are currently using an outdated browser. For the best viewing experience, please upgrade your browser here
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
"Successful" amnesty fails to prevent shootings
The National Firearms Amnesty, which ended on September 30, led to the surrender of more than 50,000 firearms nationally.
Announced by Commonwealth Justice Minister Michael Keenan “in response to the increasing threat of terrorism”, the amnesty intended to make the community safer.
“Unregistered firearms could fall into the hands of bikies,” he said when announcing the amnesty. “Unregistered firearms could fall into the hands of someone else who could do the wrong things with them.”
Victorians surrendered over 3600 firearms during the three-month amnesty. NSW collected the most firearms, with about 23,729 firearms surrendered for destruction or handed in for registration during the amnesty. A further 16,000 firearms were surrendered in Queensland, 2648 in South Australia, 1924 in Tasmania, 1242 in Western Australia, 700 in the ACT and 322 in the Northern Territory.
Licensing and Regulation Division Superintendent Paul Millett believed that the amnesty had “resulted in a tangible benefit to community safety here in Victoria by ensuring firearms and weapons are kept out of reach of people who don’t need them for lawful purposes”.
Unfortunately, the successful amnesty failed to prevent several recent firearm-related criminal incidents, which presented risks to community safety. They were:
- A non-fatal shooting in Meadow Heights on Sunday, October 15: A 28-year-old Meadow Heights man was charged with intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, possessing an unregistered firearm, making a threat to kill, using a firearm to prevent arrest and cultivating a narcotic plant.
- A non-fatal shooting in Seabrook on Sunday, October 15: A 19-year-old Melton man was charged with reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, prohibited person using a firearm, possessing ammunition without licence, and drug possession.
- A drive-by shooting in Glen Waverley on Wednesday, October 18: Several shots were fired into the front lounge and bedroom windows of a house where a 52-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were sleeping. They were not injured.
- A fatal shooting at Ravenhall on Friday, October 20: Two men were taken to hospital after several shots were fired at a local business. A 40-year-old St Albans man later died in hospital and a 36-year-old St Albans man remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. A 40-year-old Hillside man was charged with murder and attempted murder.
SSAA Victoria continues to advocate for stronger border protection and increased checks of shipping containers at our ports. Stopping the flow of firearms and parts that are illegally smuggled into Australia is the most sensible way to stop firearms from getting into the wrong hands.
Meanwhile, many rare and historically significant firearms were handed in during the amnesty. They will be put on display at museums across the country.
SFFP plans lower house assault
Firearm owners across the state are set to have more shooting sports-friendly candidates to vote for at next year’s state election.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFFP) revealed last week that it was planning an assault on several lower house seats in 2018.
The recent by-election at Murray saw SFFP gain popularity, only just missing out on election. Candidate Helen Dalton gained a 19.3 per cent swing to finish with 46.7 per cent of the votes after preferences.
SFFP gained a 23.3 per cent swing in the Cootamundra by-election first preference count, but failed to take the seat.
Northern Victoria MP Daniel Young told local media that the result was “positive” despite SFFP's failure to unseat the National Party.
SFFP is expected to stand candidates in several seats across northern Victoria, and beyond. It will begin naming candidates in the new year.
Crackdown on illegal activity in deer country
A Maffra man has allegedly been caught illegally hunting deer and trespassing in the Dargo area. The 61-year-old had his firearms seized and licence suspended. He is also expected to be charged on summons with failure to store firearms and failure to notify police with change of details.
The man was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into trespassing on private property in the area and the use of spotlights from the road to hunt deer, which breaches the Victorian Firearms Act 1996.
Police have been working closely with landholders to ensure greater detection and reporting of offences. Community members have been encouraged to report illegal hunting, trespassing or any other illegal activities on or around their properties to their local police.
SSAA Victoria condemns any illegal activity in relation to firearms or hunting and acknowledges the damage it can cause to the reputation of the industry. It encourages members to look out for any illegal or irresponsible behaviour and report it to the authorities.
Report illegal behaviour to the Game Management Authority online
or by calling 136 186. It can also be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
When reporting illegal activity, gather as much information as possible. Regarding location, take down the names of any nearby crossroads or the GPS co-ordinates for reporting. Be sure to also note the number of people involved, the vehicle description and the description of incident.
SSAA Victoria is a proud supporter of the Victorian Government's Responsible Hunting campaign and does not tolerate illegal hunting.
River Red Gum paper submitted
SSAA Victoria has prepared a submission for the River Red Gum Parks Draft Management Plan. Submitted to Parks Victoria, the paper calls for recreational hunting to be made available wherever possible throughout the 215,000 ha of land covered under the management plan.
The River Red Gum Parks Management Plan
is a strategic guide for managing five national parks and more than 100 other parks and reserves. The River Red Gum Parks plan runs from the South Australian border to Wodonga, and has wide ranging implications for all users.
The plan involves changing state forests and various tenures of public land into parks. It could potentially lead to restrictions on what people can do – like camping, 4WDing, fishing and hunting – in certain areas.
Among the nine recommendations SSAA Victoria made in its submission, was a call to ensure hunting continues in all state game reserves, bushland reserves, streamside reserves, and historic areas and reserves.
The Association pushed for recreational hunting of deer and pest species, with appropriate protocols, to be introduced into state game reserves. Along with the increased access, it called for clear and accurate signage to be displayed on-site to assist hunters.
Read the rest of the recommendations in the full submission, here
The deadline for submissions was Saturday, October 14. Parks Victoria is now reviewing all submissions before releasing the final River Red Gum Parks Management Plan next year.