SSAA NSW in Maitland to promote shooting sports

SSAA NSW was recently invited to participate in a discussion about firearms legislation in NSW and happily accepted the opportunity to travel to Maitland and promote the safe, fun and unique range of shooting events and the law abiding people who participate in this Olympic sport.

The venue was the Grand Junction Hotel and was part of a regular event called Politics in the Pub where different topics are discussed. Approximately 30 people attended to listen to the discussion.

The topic for the night was. 'Guns in the Community - Do we need them'. SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham spoke about our sport and the thousands of licensed, law abiding, firearm owners who take part. After both speakers gave an opening speech questions were invited from the audience.

Local events such as these are an important opportunity for SSAA NSW to get out and spread the message about our sport.

If you would like to read Diana's speech from the night, please click here.

SSAA SHOT Expo 2012 is best ever

Held at Sydney Olympic Park on June 15-17 the SSAA SHOT Expo 2012 smashed the previous attendance record with over 10,500 visitors attending.

With exhibitors from around the World including Japan, New Zealand, South Africa as well as countries as far away as Namibia and the Czech Republic SSAA SHOT Expo was like Disney Land for those interested in shooting, hunting and other outdoor activities.

Exhibitors displayed products ranging from the latest in firearms and knives to camping equipment, safari holidays, barbeques, clothing, accessories and even dune buggies !!

Visitors were kept entertained by our Try Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Archery ranges which were closely monitored by our Range Safety Officers.

For those who were interested Game Council NSW ran several butchering and caping demonstrations across the weekend while on the main stage exhibitors such as Beretta, Winchester, Frontier Arms, Moroka.30, AusArms and Lightforce showed off their latest ranges.

One of the best stories to come out of the weekend was that of Achilles Archery, who were at their first ever SSAA SHOT Expo as exhibitors.

Achilles Archery were visited by a major production company who enquired about purchasing some of their products in an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster. 

Such an event would not have been possible without our Major Sponsors – Beretta Australia, Winchester Australia, Game Council NSW and Swarovski Optic.

The SSAA SHOT Expo will now head to Melbourne for 2013 before once again returning to the Harbour City in 2014.

Conservation Hunting makes sense

Feral pests cause enormous damage in our National Parks. These pests kill our native plants and wildlife, pollute water, destroy fences and can even pose a serious safety concern to users of the National Park.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham says that the plan by Premier O’Farrell to allow conservation hunters into National Parks is a logical extension of the current system that allows conservation hunters, licensed by Game Council NSW, on to State Forests.

“SSAA NSW represents almost 43,000 members in NSW alone, and approximately 30,000 of them are hunters, so we absolutely welcome this announcement from the Premier,” Ms Melham said.

One of the sites on the Premier’s list, Nocoleche Nature Reserve, actually borders Tilterweira, the SSAA NSW owned property.

“With the Summer rains this area is seeing a massive increase in the number of feral pigs which cause significant destruction to the native environment.

“Using trained, ethical, conservation hunters to control these pests makes sense.”

SSAA NSW says Ammo Bill #wontworkbarry

Despite a strong campaign by SSAA NSW and our members, combined with thousands of law abiding firearm owners from around the State, the NSW Government have passed the Firearms Amendment (Ammunition Control) Bill 2012.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham says that many Government MPs have publicly acknowledged the Bill won’t work.

“SSAA NSW President Paul McNabb and I met with more than 15 local MPs to express our strong opposition to this Bill.”

“Let’s be clear – no one wants illegal firearms and the criminals who use them off the street more than law abiding firearm owners. That’s why we gave our complete support to the Premier’s proposal for tougher sentences for criminals using illegal guns. But this Bill just won’t work.”

Even Greens MP David Shoebridge acknowledged that this Bill won’t target criminals with illegal guns.

Ms Melham said that SSAA NSW would now concentrate on lessening the impact of the Bill for law abiding firearm owners through the NSW Firearms Consultative Committee.

“The Firearms Consultative Committee is our opportunity to make sure an already bad piece of legislation doesn’t get even worse.”

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here