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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
Diamond's medal soars above reserve
Michael Diamond’s 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medal has sold for $20,000 above reserve. Retired British four-time Olympic fencer Richard Oldcorn, who never won his own gold, bought the medal for $72,000.
It came after Diamond revealed earlier this month that he had no choice but to sell the medal to pay off legal fees, rebuild his career and support his children after being charged, then acquitted, over firearm offences.
Diamond was charged with high-range drink-driving, not keeping a firearm safe and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol after a roadside breath test in 2016. Police allegedly found a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle at the time.
With pending charges, Diamond was deemed ineligible for the 2016 Rio Olympics and missed the opportunity to compete in his seventh Olympic games.
The trap shooter was found guilty of firearm offences in May 2017. However, on appeal in October, the judge found the gun was in a case and dismantled. Even if someone had been drinking, the judge said it didn't "mean you can't keep your firearm safe".
Richard said he was not interested in owning the medal to claim it as his own, but rather because he felt it was very special.
Questions over refused PTAs
It has come to the attention of the SSAA Victoria that Licensing and Regulation Division, Victoria Police have implemented a policy whereby applicants for a Category B firearm – who already own 10 – are being asked to justify their need for the 11th or more.
It seems that in some cases, the additional justification is not being accepted and the application for a permit to acquire (PTA) has been refused.
While the Firearms Act 1996 gives the Chief Commissioner of Police – and by delegation, LRD – wide powers to make policy in relation to issuing licences and PTAs, this new approach seems to be penalising a number of SSAA Victoria members without just cause.
If you have recently applied for a Category B firearm in circumstances where you already own 10, and you have been asked to provide (additional) justification AND THEN been refused a PTA, please feel free to contact SSAA Victoria State Office to discuss with the CEO.
Twilight shoots at Eagle Park
Members and visitors can now scrap all other commitments and social events, because twilight shooting has been introduced at Eagle Park Range.
Starting last week, Eagle Park’s trading hours have been extended to 8pm on Fridays. It means the range is now open from 9am to 8pm on Fridays, during daylight savings.
SSAA Victoria Facilities Manager Shaun Doyle said he expected the twilight shoots to be popular among the range’s clientele.
In mid-September, Springvale Range’s trading hours were extended on a trial basis in response to increasing demand. On Thursdays and Fridays, the range opens two hours earlier, at 3pm, and closes at 9pm.
So far, the extended hours have received good support from members and visitors. The results of the trial will be assessed in January, after which a long-term decision on Springvale trading hours will be announced.
Christmas trading hours released
SSAA Victoria has released its Christmas trading hours. As per previous years, both ranges and the State Office will close between Christmas and New Years.
Springvale and Eagle Park ranges will open as usual until close of business on Saturday, December 23, before shutting down for the break.
Springvale Range will then reopen on Tuesday, January 2 and Eagle Park will reopen on Friday, January 5.
The State Office at Box Hill will close at 12pm on Friday, December 22 and reopen on Tuesday, January 2.
If you are stuck for Christmas presents, SSAA Victoria has the perfect idea for you. Buy your friends and family members SSAA Victoria gift vouchers. Click here
to read through our voucher options and then call the State Office on 8892 2777 to purchase them today.