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.

RSPCA inspectors visit Port Macquarie Branch

SSAA NSW Port Macquarie Branch hosted RSPCA officers updating their firearms accreditation. 15.03.2017

The SSAA NSW Port Macquarie Branch played host to seven Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals inspectors on 15 March.

The inspectors, who hailed from Newcastle and outlying regions, were at the range to update their firearms accreditation. Branch secretary Dennis Adlington says that, with the help of four volunteers who lent a hand, the guys completed their accreditation in two hours.

During their visit the inspectors gave branch staff an insight into the demands of RSPCA work, explaining that they can be called out at any time of the day or night to attend to animals in distress, often confronting situations where wounded, traumatised animals need to be euthanased quickly, sometimes in very challenging conditions. Recently they had to deal with injured cattle in a trailer which overturned near Coffs Harbour, using their firearms within the confined space.

“I think the guys appreciated the range and they said they would like to return,” Dennis says.

2017 SSAA NSW Sporting Clays State Titles

200 targets over two days 29–30 April



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Boost for gifted junior shooters living with a disability

The Sport Access Foundation is inviting young Australians aged seven to 17 who are living with a disability to apply for one of three inaugural $2000 grants to help them achieve their sporting ambitions.

The grants are donated to help with the costs of participating in their chosen sport that these youngsters and their families otherwise cannot afford.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or residents, and athletes, coaches, umpires or referees in championship-level or state or national competitions.

The full list of selection criteria and an online application can be found on the Sports Access Foundation website. Applications close 30 April 2017. Grant recipients will be announced in June.

Shooting involves visual acuity, coordination and accuracy, and is an excellent sport for many types of disability, requiring no special compensatory equipment, nor do shooters need to compete in special categories. SSAA NSW urges young members living with a disability to follow their dreams!

National firearm amnesty flagged

SSAA NSW is cautious about the recently announced gun amnesty. Details are yet to be released, and as we all know the devil is often in the detail, so we’ll reserve our judgment until we know more. Interestingly, there is already a mechanism within NSW Legislation for law abiding firearms owners, and members of the community to hand in such firearms and have them registered if they are already, or are applying to become, licensed. So what is the amnesty going to achieve? In fact, we put forward a proposal almost two years ago for a mechanism that would simplify this process and in-effect be an ongoing amnesty. 


But, the big question is ‘How will the amnesty address the issue of illegal firearms currently in the hands of criminals?’ Criminals by their very nature do not abide by the law, so how realistic is it for the Government, and the community, to expect that criminals will front up to their local firearms dealership or police station to hand in their ill-gotten firearms; firearms that have more than likely been used in the commission of crime? Governments, Federal as well as states and territories, need to get serious about tackling illegal firearms and the criminals that use them to commit their crimes. SSAA NSW has repeatedly stated publicly and in its representations that more funding needs to be dedicated to front line policing and border protection if they’re serious about tackling illegal firearms and gun crime. 


From the reported comments, it appears that the amnesty will provide an opportunity for people to hand in firearms that have come into their possession through various means, including as the result of a death in the family.  Let’s hope it includes an option for those people to legally register these firearms if they so choose. The amnesty also appears to be an opportunity for people in possession of firearms that are currently determined as illegal and unable to be registered to hand these over without fear of recrimination.  We haven’t seen any mentions of a buy-back, it’s just an amnesty to surrender unwanted firearms without any compensation. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.

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