MESSAGE FROM SSAA GENERAL INSURANCE BROKERS

As many of you are already aware, QBE’s Global Underwriting Committee recently agreed on a change in QBE’s risk appetite for insuring the sale and/or manufacturing of firearms as well as firearms organisations, associations and clubs.

SSAA General Insurance Brokers currently have facilities in place with QBE to underwrite the SSAA Members’ Firearms Insurance, property insurance for SSAA affiliate clubs and branches and SSAA’s Group Personal Accident and Liability Insurances. Due to the agreements with QBE, these policy renewals will be offered and remain in place until March 31, 2019.

SSAA General Insurance Brokers are currently presenting details of all the Association’s insurances to other underwriters and insurance agencies and hope to have facilities in place well before March 31, 2019.

Like you, we are extremely disappointed with the changes QBE have made but we, SSAA General Insurance Brokers, must continue to work with them and manage the policies currently in place and, of course, those claims which have already been lodged.

If you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact Greg Brown on 0455  777  685 or visit ssaaib.com.au

DAVID LEYONHJELM INTERVIEW

For those of you who have received your latest NSW Shooter Quarterly Update, you would have read the extract of our interview with Senator David Leyonhjlem, of the Liberal Democrats.

As promised we are providing the entirety of the interview for you to read, in PDF format, by clicking here (Article must be opened to click link).

SSAA NSW ON SBS VICELAND

Last night, SBS Viceland program The Feed aired a segment on the increased female participation in shooting sports.

You can view the program by clicking here.

The story was filmed during our SBS Viceland Ladies Competition.  The competition, held on 5 May, attracted participants from as close as St Clair, as far afield as Cobar and everywhere in between.

Importantly, we feel the program showcased the diversity of our sport, not just in gender but in age and backgrounds, with our participants including a married mum who works in accounts, a high school student and an Australian national biathlete.

It is this kind of positive media coverage which can only grow our sport and we are looking forward to holding monthly ladies events and regular regional events as well.”

Thank you to all of the ladies that participated in the competition and contributed to the positive promotion of our sport.

SSAA NSW CONDEMNS UNBALANCED, FACTUALLY INACCURATE ABC ARTICLE ON NAROOMA HUNTFEST

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. “SSAA NSW” has slammed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation “ABC” for a biased and deceptive article on its’ online platforms.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham has called for the ABC to correct the record in the article, “Gun sales at controversial HuntFest festival raise ire as photographers take aim at event”, after misleading statements were published.

“The article references comments made by known anti-firearm social justice warrior David Shoebridge, who states the holding of HuntFest on public land contravenes the National Firearms Agreement “NFA”,” Mrs Melham said.

“Nowhere in the NFA is any reference made to the holding of fairs, festivals or events, nor does it refer anywhere to firearm sales in relation to public lands.

“This is just another unreasonable, emotional attack on law abiding firearms owners by activists whose only interest lies in their own power and not in community safety.”

Mrs Melham said the ABC presented a distorted view of firearm owners and recreational hunting in the article.

“Hunting is no different to fishing, where people go out into the natural environment and harvest the best of organic free-range food,” Mrs Melham said.

“In an age where medical professionals are urging us to engage with nature, this condemnation by the public broadcaster of those who would enjoy the outdoors is unbecoming of an organisation which has a legislative duty to operate in the public interest.”

Mrs Melham said law abiding firearm owners should not be condemned for the actions of unlicensed criminals who obtain and use illegal guns to commit their crimes.

“If the ABC and social justice warriors like David Shoebridge want to make our community a safer place, they should support the efforts of SSAA NSW to work with the Government and regulators to achieve fair and workable firearms laws that are not onerous on licensed law-abiding firearms owners, but that are truly effective in addressing the real problem of illegal firearms and gun crime,” Mrs Melham said.

“We know that the existing firearms black market in Australia is mostly divided into criminal gangs, whose main focus are crimes rather than dealing with firearms, or small networks of individuals who buy or sell by word of mouth, both of which play a significant role in supplying illegal guns to criminals.”

SSAA NSW HOSTS POLLIE TRY SHOOTING

Last week we were thrilled to host a group of NSW State MPs for our first Pollie Try Shooting event!

Stephen Bromhead (Myall Lakes – Nationals), Steph Cooke (Cootamundra – Nationals), Phil Donato (Orange – SFFP), Austin Evans (Murray - Nationals), Andrew Fraser (Coffs Harbour – Nationals), Michael Johnsen (Upper Hunter – Nationals) and Bronnie Taylor (MLC – Nationals) visited the St Marys Indoor Shooting Centre.  To kick off our visitors were given a tour of the Centre, then over lunch we provided a run down on SSAA NSW; who we are and what we do as well as some interesting facts about the shooting sports, recreational hunting and firearms owners before trying a variety of different firearms and competing in a couple of good natured challenges.

Feedback was very positive with all MPs enjoying themselves, and most indicating they were keen to return again.  We will be hosting more MPs at the Centre in the not too distant future, especially those who had hoped to attend but were called away at the last moment.

This event provided an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our sport, SSAA NSW and the Centre first-hand to decision makers that can impact upon our recreation, and given its success this is an initiative that SSAA NSW will continue.

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here