Help Shape the SSAA: Take the 2016 SSAA National Member Survey Today

By participating in the 2016 SSAA National Member Survey, you will be helping to shape the future of our Association. The online-only survey allows you, our members, to share your opinions and give SSAA National insight into areas to focus on. Plus, just by participating, you will go into the draw to win one of three $200 SSAA Store vouchers and everyone who completes the survey will receive a free listing on SSAA Gun Sales.

The survey covers everything SSAA National is involved with as well as some extra information about you. Now is the time to give us your feedback on how we can improve or do things differently to improve the opportunities we can offer you in the future.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and is open to all SSAA NSW members. All responses will remain confidential and your information will only be used internally by the Association to further our programs and drive new projects. The 2016 SSAA National Member Survey is open until December 1, 2016.

With more than 180,000 members across Australia, the SSAA continues to grow from strength to strength. We are offering more services for our members while increasing our standing both politically as well as within the wider community. The SSAA will continue to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners’ interests.

To take the 2016 SSAA National Member Survey, click here.


SSAA Members Firearms Insurance: New Name, Same Great Offer







  In early 2015, SSAA launched one of its most popular member benefits – SSAA Gold Insurance. For only $25 per year, it provides $25,000 worth of coverage across all privately-owned registered firearms and fixed accessories. With cover against loss, theft or damage and an excess of only $100 per claim, it also has you insured at both home and the range, while hunting plus overseas for up to 28 days.

This month SSAA rebranded this popular insurance option as SSAA Members Firearms Insurance. Designed specifically for SSAA members by SSAA Insurance Brokers - The Shooter’s Broker. Why not compare it to your current Home & Contents policy, which may have a far greater excess than $100 and only cover your firearms while at home. And with claims settled for replacement value as assessed by an approved firearms dealer, make the switch today to SSAA Members Firearms Insurance.

For more information, visit SSAA Insurance Brokers online as well as SSAA where you’ll find a comprehensive Q&A video regarding SSAA Members Firearms Insurance. To take up this insurance option today, either with your next SSAA membership renewal or to add to your existing SSAA membership, simply contact SSAA Membership on telephone 02 8805 3900 or make the switch online.

No Excuses: Shooters Reminded to Secure Guns in Leading Campaign Backed by Key Ministers

With a record one million-plus licensed firearm owners across Australia, the shooting sports is attracting heightened interest and increased participation rates, particularly among women and youngsters keen to try an all-abilities, equal opportunities recreation.

To educate new shooters, increase awareness surrounding responsible firearms ownership and highlight the importance of security, the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA) has launched a campaign and comprehensive guide detailing the requirements of firearms storage.

Secure Your Gun, Secure Your Sport follows years of active engagement by the SSAA with shooting clubs and gun owners about firearms safety. The 2016 campaign also seeks to combat misinformation and educate the general public about the strict realities of owning a firearm.

For the first time, the campaign has been endorsed by New South Wales Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant and commended by Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

Minister Keenan said: “Initiatives such as the Secure Your Gun, Secure Your Sport campaign are to be commended for publicising the need for the safe and responsible ownership of firearms.”

Deputy Premier Grant said: “Safe storage of firearms is an important issue nationally and in New South Wales, where there are so many law-abiding sporting shooters and hunters who are committed to doing the right thing. I have always said legal firearm ownership is not the problem we face – illegal guns are the problem – so any education campaign that supports responsible gun ownership has my backing.”

SSAA National Media Officer Kate Fantinel said the campaign aims to promote firearms safety and reiterates just how seriously licensed firearm owners take their chosen recreation. “Theft from licensed firearm owners is thankfully a rare event, with less than three per cent of stolen firearms recorded in criminal use,” she said. “However, the security of a firearm is the sole responsibility of the owner and the SSAA has a proud history of educating our members and the broader community on the importance of safe firearms storage.

“Our Secure Your Gun, Secure Your Sport campaign is also part of a wider education campaign to address some unfounded concerns regarding the number of registered firearms a licensed shooter may own. These firearms, which have been approved by police and have passed Customs import tests, pose no threat as they are in the right hands of law-abiding owners.

“With the support of Minister Keenan and Deputy Premier Grant, we call on all licensed firearm owners, both new and seasoned shooters, to store their firearms appropriately and encourage other shooters to do the same.”

For more information regarding the storage and transportation of firearms, including on flights and importing or exporting items through Customs, as well as the contact details for each firearms registry, visit View the Secure Your Gun, Secure Your Sport brochure at


Calling All Members to Unite: NFA Review Lacking in Detail

With SSAA National still not fully briefed on any proposed changes or improvements to the impending National Firearms Agreement (NFA) review, our position is clear: No changes should be made to the NFA in the absence of any empirical evidence, nor should legitimate firearms owners have to bear the brunt of more unintended consequences based on emotion or politicking.

As a result, SSAA NSW is calling on our 55,0000+ members to urgently contact NSW Police Minister, Troy Grant MP, as well as your local NSW and Federal MPs to voice your concerns and protect our chosen sport before it’s too late.

Visit the SSAA NSW Action Centre for the contact details of your local NSW MP and you can contact the Police Minister by clicking here. For the full story, visit SSAA National.




SSAA NSW Awaits Federal Government’s Future Firearms Amnesty

With the Federal Government's announcement by Justice Minister The Hon. Michael Keenan MP confirming a new national firearms amnesty will be introduced by the end of 2016, the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. (SSAA NSW) awaits the comprehensive details and proposed schedule of the amnesty program in order to measure its true effectiveness.

SSAA NSW supports any measures that aid in the combat against illegal firearms and the reduction of gun-related crime in Australia, however a national firearms amnesty will not resolve the issue of illegal firearms.

"In light of the recent surge in gun-related crime being reported in Melbourne, a focus on illegal firearms is what’s required. But will an amnesty really resolve this issue and stop criminals from obtaining illegal firearms? Unfortunately, the answer is too often no," said SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham.

"What this amnesty will possibly achieve, once the details have been finalised, is for a reduction in grey market firearms – for example, somebody who may have their grandfather's old gun in the back shed that hasn't been registered or a rifle that wasn’t previously turned over or registered in the 1996 buyback and is now classified as illegal. These are the kinds of circumstances that an amnesty works well for where law-abiding citizens have the opportunity to surrender unregistered firearms without any penalty."

SSAA NSW represents more than 55,000 members throughout the State including elite athletes who have represented Australia at the highest level of international competition and juniors who hope to one-day reach those same heights – all of whom are subject to some of the strictest firearms laws in the world.

"The reality is that whenever firearms-related issues are raised in the media, often-times our members are left worrying what new laws the Government of the day will come up with to further restrict their sport," continued Melham. "Which is why it’s important to differentiate between people who legally own registered firearms for the purpose of sport, conservation, hunting and pest animal management, as opposed to illegal firearms on the black market and unregistered guns – which are what the amnesty is targeting."

SSAA NSW acknowledges Minister Keenan’s confirmation that there will be no further restrictions on legal gun ownership at this time, and his comment that he thinks "we've got some of the strictest gun ownership laws in the world."

"Purchasing a firearm in NSW is a lengthy process which involves appropriate licensing and the requirement for a permit," said Melham. "What’s required to obtain a firearms license is a genuine reason such as target shooting, hunting or collecting, the completion of theory- and practical-based firearm safety tests as well as an extensive police background check. An individual must also demonstrate to Police that they have the correct facilities to store a firearm safely as well as meet the obligations for transportation and usage of that registered firearm."

It's SSAA NSW's intention to work with Government on sensible and effective firearms laws. "But we must focus on the criminals with illegal firearms," further commented Melham. "We must make it more difficult for them to get their hands on illegal firearms. And when people are caught with illegal guns, we must make sure the punishment fits the crime because no one wants illegal firearms off our streets more than licensed, law-abiding firearm owners."

SSAA NSW is the peak body dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving a sustainable shooting sports industry. With over 55,000 members across NSW, the Association represents the safe, fun and all-inclusive range of shooting sports available today. As the leading authority on the safe handling and use of firearms, SSAA NSW also make important contributions to government policy direction, industry research and development, tailored educational programs and training, legal and ethical hunting and conservation, and the facilitation and promotion of responsible wildlife management for farmers with pest issues to seek the assistance of its network of volunteer hunters throughout the State.

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