Reason to celebrate National Volunteer Week

SSAA NSW Urbenville/Woodenbong Branch was a recipient when, to mark National Volunteer Week from 8 May, Federal Member of Parliament Barnaby Joyce distributed Australian Government grants to 50 volunteer organisations throughout his New England electorate.

SSAA NSW Urbenville/Woodenbong Branch President Brendan Fletcher says the $5,000 grant will go towards updating computer and electronic equipment at the range, including audio and video facilities, and construction and power tools to assist with maintenance.

“It will help our volunteers not to have to use their own gear and equipment. We’re very grateful and appreciative,” he says.

“The grants enable local organisations to better support their volunteers by purchasing much-needed equipment, training and transport,” says Barnaby.

“The energy, expertise and time our volunteers give to our community represents what Australian communities are all about: giving a helping hand. I’m glad to see that our local organisations will have this support to continue their valuable work.”

 

 

SSAA NSW Goulburn President offers balanced view

It's the person, not the gun

 

Read SSAA NSW Goulburn Branch President Ken Kenchington's response in the Goulburn Post http://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/4590623/its-the-person-not-the-gun/ to public perception of firearm ownership.

Ken points out that respect for firearms and other people is essential, and invites first-timers to try their skill at shooting at the club's Try Shooting Day on Sunday 23 April, Goulburn Rifle Range on Rifle Range Road, from 1pm

Unlicensed shooters 12 years and over can test their skills using a .22 calibre rimfire rifle, after receiving safety instruction, and are under the one on one supervision of an accredited instructor at all times. Children under 18 must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian. 

Victorian illegal hunters crossing the NSW border – Game Licensing Unit reports

Troy Hogarth, Compliance Team Leader, Game Licensing Unit, tells ABC radio's Louise Ayling that parts of NSW’s south-east are hotspots for illegal hunters who hold licences in Victoria.

SSAA NSW supports reporting illegal hunting activities to the Shut the Gate on Illegal Hunting report line on 1800 SHUT IT (1800 748 848).

Hear the full broadcast interview here.

2017 SSAA NSW 5-Stand State Titles

Members of all target shooting groups welcome

5-Stand comps Griffith

Where: SSAA NSW Griffith Branch, Rankin Springs Road, Griffith, NSW 2680

When: 13–14 May from 9.30am

Competitions: SSAA NSW 5-Stand State Titles

Prizes: State Champion sash, medallions and prizes. SSAA members’ selection for NSW Shotgun Team to compete at the New Zealand championships in November.

Grades: AA, A, B, C (Open category only)

Rules: SSAA 5-Stand rules ssaa.org.au/shotgun

Nominations: Open $130

                           Ladies/Veterans (60+ years) $110

                           Juniors (under 18, under 15) $65

Entry: Free

Free camping with hot showers and toilets. Food and drink available on site.

The SSAA NSW Discipline AGM will be held at the end of competition on Saturday.

Further information: Jamie Cirillo 0447 681 600  Greg Allen 0409 444 955  Jan Jacka 0417 459 053  Warren Brown 0428 623 161

 

Update on NFA Campaign

SSAA NSW has joined together with SSAA Victoria and four other organisations to form a coalition to campaign against the proposed National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

This includes the engagement of a professional lobbyist widely experienced in the firearms arena.

The Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan has given assurances that the only changes to the NFA will be those necessary to re-classify lever action shotguns and to accommodate technological change.

SSAA NSW and the coalition are strongly opposed to these changes. However, the proposed new NFA goes farther than this and would make owning firearms more difficult and more onerous.

Members of the coalition have thoroughly analysed the proposed NFA and formulated a joint response to it. The Response can be found here.

The Response calls on Minister Keenan to ensure that the changes in the proposed NFA Agreement, which are not related to re-classifying lever action shotguns or technological change, are deleted.

The member organisations of this coalition are meeting with federal and state politicians to ensure that there are not any changes to firearms ownership at a federal or state level.

Another issue is that some state or territory governments may come under pressure to use the proposed NFA as an excuse to change existing legislation, policies and protocols, which have been in place for 15 to 20 years, to make it more difficult or more onerous to own firearms. There are a number of these in current NSW legislation that, if changed, would increase the burden on licensed firearms owners.

The NSW Firearms Regulation is currently under review, and the NSW Firearms Act is scheduled for review later in the year. Therefore, SSAA NSW is taking a two-pronged approach, working with the coalition at both the federal and state levels to address the proposed NFA and also using a number of avenues to advocate for changes to NSW firearms laws to remove unnecessary requirements and reduce the burden on licensed firearms owners in NSW.

Members are encouraged to contact their federal and state MPs in person or by phone, email or letter to reinforce these messages. To find the details of your local state MP please click here. For your local federal MP, please use the facility on the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here