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Nats 2017 No 16
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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 40,000 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.

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Proposed Changes to the Firearms Act 1996

The Firearms and Other Acts Amendment Bill has many elements, including the following that could affect our members. Amendments to the Firearms Act 1996 proposed to be included:
  • Licensed firearms dealers not to hire or loan firearms for longer than 30 days.
  • Handgun clubs to submit participation reports in a form approved by the Chief Commissioner.
  • Cat A/B firearm storage to be upgraded to match Cat C/D, with new minimum thickness of steel safe/container.
  • A new provision to allow licence holders to hold on to a reclassified firearm on their current licence, subject to Chief Commissioner discretion.
  • Holders of reclassified firearms to be allowed to hold onto the firearm(s) until the licence is renewed or expires.
If you have any concerns about the proposed amendments to the Firearms Act, you can view the amendments yourself here. If you then have any queries or questions, please contact us.  

MEDIA RELEASE - Bridget McKenzie (Nationals Senator for Victoria)

The Nationals continue to stand-up for firearm owners.

The Nationals continue to stand-up for the Australian firearms industry, this time after U.S. owned courier group, FedEx Express-TNT announced back in July it will no longer freight legal firearms in Australia.

Prior to the announcement, TNT was the leading transporter of firearms in the country for several decades.

In response, a roundtable for direct discussion between Australia Post and firearms industry representatives was recently organised by Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie.

After bringing Australia Post to the table, firearms industry representatives are now undertaking ongoing discussions to reach a solution over the withdrawal of freight services for legal firearms and ammunition.

Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said the latest meeting between firearms industry representatives and Australia Post was constructive.

“Australia Post has undertaken to work with industry on a solution to continue firearms freight. The decision by FedEx-TNT Express is terrible. It completely disregards the importance of firearms for regional Australians and will impact local businesses right across the country. The flow-on implications are huge. For example, farmers have told me they’re concerned about the ban and its impact on their ability to manage animal welfare issues appropriately and humanely. We have to remember that firearms are crucial for feral pest management, contributing to our environmental management, as well as for recreation,” Senator McKenzie said.

Given just a month’s notice, the Australian firearms industry was left in the lurch and is now at risk of coming to a grinding halt.

“During the recent drought, farmers would tell me their once a month trip to their local gun club was the only time spent off their property and crucial to their mental health. It’s not up to couriers to discriminate against highly-regulated legal products that regional Australians use for economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Australia Post is currently examining possible solutions with the firearms industry over the transportation of firearms over 1130mm, bulk shipments of firearms and accessories, as well as the transport of ammunition.
Further meetings will be held in the coming weeks.

View a pdf version of the original Media Release here

VICTORIA POLICE - REGULATORY SERVICES DEPARTMENT - Updates - New 'Online' Permit to Acquire a Longarm (PTAL) Application and Firearms Licence Photo Point Locations Information

The Permit to Acquire a Longarm Application eForm is now live on the Victoria Police website. You can find it on the Firearm Forms and Reference Information page here https://www.police.vic.gov.au/firearms-forms-and-reference-information

Applicants wishing to obtain a Permit to Acquire (PTA) a Longarm may now either -

a. Complete and submit PTA Longarm application eForm online.
b. Apply through an authorised online firearms dealer, per the existing process.

There will be a three-month transition period, in which PDF/hand-fill form will also remain available on our website. After that point, upon request a PDF/hand-fill application form may still be mailed out to prospective applicants in exceptional circumstances.

Other than the way in which a PTA Longarm application is lodged, the rest of the process remains unchanged. As per current practice, there will be no upfront permit fees. The payment notice will continue to be issued with the PTA.
Please note that the Permit to Acquire a Handgun Application remains a PDF form and has not yet been converted to an eForm.

Photo Point Locations

Decisions regarding the ability for photo points to continue operating are made by the relevant location (post office, municipal shire or VicRoads outlets). These decisions are very much out of the Licensing and Regulation Divisions (LRD)’s control.

Please be advised that unless a photo is taken at an authorised location, LRD will be unable to produce and send a plastic licence.

No adverse action will be taken against your licence, should you be unable to have a photo taken. Rather, we recommend you keep your payment notice safe and attend at a photo point as soon as it practicable for you to do so.

For those who have been issued a new licence, your payment notice does not act as an interim licence. As soon as payment is received, the LRD’s systems will identify that you are licensed. As an indication, once you have made payment, it should take one business day for this to be reflected in our systems.

Licence holders who are renewing an existing licence should make payment, retain their payment notice and expired plastic licence.

Kind regards

Licensing and Regulation Division
Regulatory Services Department
Victoria Police

Blond Bay Ballot Draw 2021-22

You can now register for your chance to be a part of the Blond Bay Hunt. To be involved in this unique hunt, click on the link below: https://blondbayballot.eventbookings.com/events/event-details/blond-bay-ballot-draw-2021-22?fbclid=IwAR0rn6sgNlclKZhHarbih03NKwjAhL4pHPp9tLvqbUo0US7W9MC7mfEPsNQ  
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