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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

Private online sales on the cards

Firearm owners could soon be able to advertise their firearms for sale privately on the internet. Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP Jeff Bourman this month tabled the Victorian Firearms Act Amendment (Advertising) Bill in Parliament. If passed, it would allow individuals to legally advertise their firearms on the internet, subject to the same conditions as printed media. Currently, the Victorian Firearms Act allows only licensed firearm dealers to advertise firearms for sale, unless in a commercially published firearm or shooting sports magazine. The amendment would still require that all firearms advertisements contain the same details as required for printed media. Jeff informed parliament that the Bill would support the principles of the National Firearms Agreement by aligning the Victorian legislation with other jurisdictions. “What I am trying to do is, ironically, help the National Firearms Agreement by aligning Victoria with the rest of the states," he said. "What we have got is a case of our state being out of step, and we just need to bring it into line. Anyone who supports the National Firearms Agreement, ironically, should support this.” The Bill passed the upper house and proceeded to the lower house. However, it was ordered "that the second reading be made order of the day for next day" and it is yet to reappear.

Last chance to apply for 2018 Hog deer ballot

Hunters have just two weeks to apply for the 2018 Hog deer balloted hunting at Blond Bay, Boole Poole and Snake Island. Using a ballot system, the Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group will select people to hunt wild Hog deer on Blond Bay State Game Reserve or on sections of the Boole Poole Peninsula. For the second year Snake Island, off Port Welshpool, will also be available to hunters drawn from the Hog Deer ballot. Note that everyone who enters the ballot automatically goes into the draw for all three locations: Blond Bay, Boole Poole and Snake Island. Following surveys of the balloted areas, the advisory group will determine the number of hunters allowed to hunt during each balloted period, between February and June 2018. Some of the locations, particularly Boole Poole and Snake Island, are remote and hunters will be required to be self-sufficient for up to five days. Boat access may also be required. Hunters should be aware of these requirements and their personal limitations before accepting a hunt. Applications can be completed online here by November 30. The ballot will be drawn on December 14 at the Christmas meeting of the East Gippsland Branch of the Australian Deer Association in Bairnsdale. The ballot entry is $15 per person.

Bad duck season behaviour resurfaces

The unacceptable behaviour of a few hunters on the 2017 duck season opening weekend has resurfaced in the media. It came after Game Management Authority (GMA) released its annual report earlier this month. Chairman Brian Hine said in his message that at least 260 protected birds were illegally shot at Koorangie State Game Reserve during the opening weekend in March. He also said shooting “began well before the opening of the season and more than 1000 hunted birds were not collected by hunters”. Freckled duck, Eurasion Coot, Blue-Billed duck and Hoary-Headed Grebe were among the illegally shot birds. “As a regulator, we share responsibility for sustainable hunting with hunters and the broader Victorian community,” he wrote. “In consultation with partner agencies and key stakeholders, we are comprehensively reviewing this matter and will make recommendations for reform to the Minister for implementation prior to the 2018 duck season.” GMA has already provided Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford advice on how to improve hunter behaviour and compliance, and ensure hunting is conducted safely and sustainably. SSAA Victoria condemns the illegal behaviour of the minority on 2017 duck season opening weekend. The organisation and many of its members have worked very hard to bring legitimacy to the sport and any behaviour that could jeopardise that is unacceptable. It would support any efforts by GMA to expand its base of nine field staff across the state to better manage compliance issues. Outside of the duck season opening, Victorian hunters behaved well in 2016/17. GMA reported just three hunting licences being cancelled during the year.

Extensive firearm law analysis worth a read

Independent online media outlet The Conversation has published a comprehensive analysis of research into the National Firearms Agreement (NFA). It comes after SSAA NSW Chief Executive Officer Diana Melham went on ABC program Q and A questioning the panel about illegal use of firearms by criminals. In asking her question, Diana highlighted the ineffectiveness of the NFA, which former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer disputed. It was that disagreement which led The Conversation to conduct its Fact Check. The lengthy Fact Check analyses the results of several research projects and reports on the findings from each. It contains graphs showing the declining rates of firearm-related homicide and suicide rates before and after the introduction of the NFA, also paying close attention to the 1996 and 2003 compulsory buy-backs. Something many media outlets fail to do, The Conversation also analysed non firearm-related homicide and suicide rates both before and after the NFA was introduced. The results showed homicides and suicides reduced across the board during the same analysis period. The Fact Check concluded that there was a clear reduction in firearm-related deaths following the gun buybacks in 1996 and 2003. However, it could not conclusively state the cause of the decreases. “The difficulty is that there’s no alternative universe in which the buyback and restrictions didn’t take place,” the article said. “So it’s impossible to rule out the possibility that reductions in gun deaths were caused by factors unrelated to the buyback schemes and more restrictive firearm policies. “Some peer reviewed studies have found that the gun buybacks and stricter regulations led to a decline in the number of gun related deaths – and suicides in particular. Some studies found the National Firearms Agreement overall had modest effects, while other studies were inconclusive. “What is not in dispute is that in the 15 years prior to 1996, there had been 13 mass shootings in Australia, in which a total of 104 people were killed and 52 were injured.” SSAA Victoria supports Wang-Sheng Lee and Sandy Suardi’s study, The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths, which found little evidence to suggest that the buyback had any significant effects on firearm-related homicides and suicides in Australia. The report states: “Although gun buybacks appear to be a logical and sensible policy that helps to placate the public’s fears, the evidence so far suggests that in the Australian context, the high expenditure incurred to fund the 1996 gun buyback has not translated into any tangible reductions in terms of firearm deaths.” SSAA Victoria encourages members to read the analysis by The Conversation and familiarise themselves with the research. Read the article here.
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