MEDIA RELEASE - Record attendance at SSAA SHOT Expo boosted by 7 News Story

More than 15,000 people attended the 2016 Sydney SSAA SHOT Expo over the weekend making it the largest event in its history.

SSAA SHOT Expo, the only event of its kind in Australia, was held at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June and is Australia’s premier event for the sports shooting industry. Sydney’s Expo included over 160 exhibitors and showcased the latest on offer for shooting, hunting and outdoor activities.

“The record attendance was no doubt boosted by the sensationalised and misleading story aired by Channel 7 News on Saturday evening. The story, and reporter Mike Duffy, attempted to portray law abiding firearms owners in a negative light and incite unnecessary fear within our community. This clearly backfired and we’d like to thank Channel 7 for the valuable free publicity,” Diana Melham, Executive Director of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc, said.

“Attendance on Sunday soared with visitors wanting to find out more about our sport which includes target shooting, recreational hunting and collecting. It also gave us an opportunity to correct the misleading, dishonest and inaccurate commentary too often espoused by the media and anti-gun campaigners.”

Those interviewed participated in good faith and were keen to provide an accurate insight into our sport. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the story uses quotes out of context and distorted video footage of Expo visitors using wooden stocks with scopes in an attempt to portray that it’s easy to obtain a firearm.

“In fact, here in NSW we abide by some of the strictest firearms laws in the world which govern all aspects of our sport including licensing as well as firearm ownership, registration, use, storage and transport; plus requirements for mandatory police background checks and waiting periods,” Ms Melham said.

An event such as SSAA SHOT Expo requires meticulous planning, permits and inspections by NSW Police, strict protocols for the display, inspection and purchase of firearms, along with a significant security presence throughout the event.

“It’s a shame that negative media focus remains on law abiding firearm owners, when it’s been widely acknowledged by politicians and regulators at State and Federal levels that the problem is illegal firearms and the criminals that use them in their commission of crime.”

According to figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology, less than 3% of firearms stolen from licensed firearm owners are subsequently used to commit a crime, yet the myth that all firearms used in illegal activities started off as legal firearms still exists.

Ms Melham, who was interviewed by Mike Duffy for more than 15 minutes believes the Expo will continue to grow as it travels around the country and returns to Sydney in 2018.

“Despite the story, we’re still happy to honour our offer to assist Mike with obtaining his firearms licence given the keenness he expressed for this on the day,” Ms Melham said.

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Record Attendance at the Sydney 2016 SSAA SHOT Expo

More than 15,000 visitors attended this year’s Sydney SSAA SHOT Expo held over the weekend of 25 and 26 June, making it the largest event in its history.

SSAA SHOT Expo, Australia’s premier event for the Sports Shooting Industry, was held at Rosehill Gardens with over 160 exhibitors showcasing the latest on offer for shooting, hunting and outdoor activities.

"Despite the cold weather, attendance over both days was incredible with visitors from all backgrounds and shooting abilities wanting to find out more about our sport which includes target shooting, recreational hunting and collecting," Diana Melham, Executive Director of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc, said.

"We had almost 100 people complete their Firearms Safety Training Course and almost 300 complete their Restricted licence (R-licence) accreditation, with some classes booked out well before the Expo."

SSAA NSW staff and volunteers were on hand in SSAA NSW precinct and answered a variety of enquires from both members and non-members. Over 3,000 SSAA NSW showbags were handed out.

Devil Ark, a charity organisation dedicated to ensuring the survival of the endangered Tasmanian Devil, were also present in the SSAA NSW stand. Devil Ark, who SSAA NSW partnered with earlier this year, also brought ‘Levi’, a male Tasmanian Devil who was a big hit with kids and adults alike.

There were two main halls for visitors to explore as well as a large outdoor area which included the SSAA NSW Mobile Air Rifle Range and an active display of the SSAA NSW Shotgun Trailer’s clay target throwers.

"There is a great deal of meticulous planning for an event like this with permits and inspections by NSW Police plus strict protocols for the display, inspection and purchase of firearms, along with a significant security presence throughout the event," Ms Melham said.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere with people wandering around Expo with big smiles on their faces, clutching showbags and a purchase or two."

Event sponsors ATN, Swarovski Optik Hunting and Winchester Australia were some of the major exhibitors displaying the latest scopes, firearms and accessories. While in the Outdoor arena, the SSAA Working Gun Dog demonstrations and Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Demos drew large crowds.

While the SSAA SHOT Expo in Sydney will be held sometime in 2018, exhibitors and sporting shooters in Western Australia are looking forward to the Perth SSAA SHOT Expo in October later this year.

You can view a full photo gallery of the Sydney 2016 SSAA SHOT Expo visit our Facebook page album.

SSAA NSW Holds Greens and Media to Account

The latest attempt by NSW MP David Shoebridge and the Greens Party to evoke unnecessary fear within communities throughout New South Wales is nothing but a cheap political stunt based on misleading and unsubstantiated statements regarding legal firearms ownership.

In its Media Release, SSAA NSW highlights the irresponsibility of the latest attempts by the Greens to mislead the NSW community and compromise the safety and security of those people within the community that legally own and store firearms. The recent acts of the Greens are yet another example of their shameless attempts to use manipulated data coupled with misleading and false claims to push their anti-gun agenda.

SSAA NSW has also responded to biased media reports that were recently aired on radio and television.

In a recent interview aired on the ABC’s Radio National RN Breakfast Program, Samantha Lee of Gun Control Australia again espoused inaccurate information regarding the Adler A110 shotgun and firearms laws. in its letter to the RN Breakfast Program, SSAA NSW expressed it disappointment that the information provided to listeners was not questioned for validity nor was there an opportunity for an opposing view to be presented to listeners. SSAA NSW has requested the opportunity to provide a balanced view that will provide factual information to address the misleading statements made by Ms Lee.

On the Channel 9 Today Show’s ‘Mixed Grill’ segment, the Adler A110 Shotgun was again a topic for discussion and misleading commentary. SSAA NSW has also written to the Today Show to provide factual information about the shotgun and firearms laws.

SSAA NSW will continue to take every opportunity to ensure that information and commentary about our sport and firearms ownership is factual and that any attempt, intentional or unintentional, is corrected so that the views formed by our community are well informed and based on fact.

We urge our members to also take every opportunity to correct the record whenever they see any incorrect or misleading information portrayed in the public arena.

2016 SSAA SHOT Expo


The SSAA SHOT Expo, Australia’s premier event for the shooting sports, is set to be one of the biggest ever in Sydney this June.

With over 130 retailers and distributors representing over 500 brands the SSAA SHOT Expo is a must attend.

Held over Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, the Expo will showcase the newest the industry has to offer for shooting, hunting and outdoors at Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney.

The SSAA SHOT Expo is an event for the whole family, and Sydney in 2016 is really going to take the Expo to the next level with awesome new features and displays.

There is plenty on offer for mums, dads and the kids including:

  • Great deals & giveaways
  • Live talks by experts on techniques & advice
  • Live Field-To-Fork cooking demos with Jason from Hunt, Catch, Cook for parents and kids
  • WGAA Working Gun Dog Demonstrations daily at 10am & 2pm
  • SSAA Indoor air rifle & pistol range
  • SOC Indoor Archery Range
  • NEW ATN Night Vision Tunnel
  • Yamaha Pro-driver ATV Demonstrations
  • Safe Shooting and R-Licence courses
  • Activities for the kids including jumping castle & face painting
  • Helicopter joy flights and much, much more...

One ticket gives you a wristband for entry over the entire weekend. Ticket prices are $20 for SSAA members, $25 for nonmembers and $40 for families (2 adults, 2 children under 16). Free parking is included.

Make sure you buy tickets online, you will save waiting in queues and go into the draw for the chance to win some awesome prizes at the Expo!

See you at Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney on 25 & 26 June.

For more information on who’s exhibiting, what’s on, how to get to the expo and buying tickets go to www.shotexpo.com.au.

Try Shooting Charity Day - Sunday 17 April

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc and the St Marys Indoor Shooting Centre are excited to be hosting a ‘Try Shooting Charity Day’ on Sunday 17 April 2016 to help raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia; one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia and NBCF’s goal is zero deaths by breast cancer by 2030.

Bookings are open now, with men, women and juniors (aged 12 to 17) are all welcome. So gather your family and a group of friends to come along and try shooting in a safe, fun, friendly and fully supervised environment.

It’s a great chance to try something new whilst raising money for a great cause! Numbers are limited and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Cost: $80 Per Person – participants must be aged 12 years and above. Juniors aged 12 to 17 years must have their parent or legal guardian present.
100% of every ticket purchased will be donated to NBCF.

When: Sunday 17 April 2016 – 10am to 3pm

Venue: St Marys Indoor Shooting Centre – 30 Power Street, St Marys

What’ll you be shooting: .22 semi-automatic pistol; 9mm semi-automatic pistol and .22 CZ rifle. Air rifle shooting also available at the SSAA NSW Mobile Air Rifle Range.

Do you need a firearms licence: No – unlicensed participants will be under one on one supervision and be required to complete a declaration and waiver.

We’ll also have: BBQ lunch, drinks, Mobile Air Rifle Range, raffle tickets, lucky draw prize, ‘Top Shot’ competition and souvenir hats & showbags.

To book: Fill out a booking form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 02 8889 0425.

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