COAG Decision - SSAA NSW Update

The recent COAG decision to re-classify lever action shotguns is yet another example of the Government’s poor judgement and unwillingness to base firearms laws and policy on facts and evidence.

This ludicrous decision  is ill informed and appears only aimed at appeasing the noisy anti-gun lobby who continue to espouse misinformation and manipulate the community and decision makers to achieve their own anti-gun agendas.

SSAA NSW continues to publicly state its opposition to classification of firearms, and specifically its opposition to the re-classification of the Adler A110 shotgun and any form of re-classification that could result in added restriction of access for licensed firearms owners.  Further SSAA NSW, has continually advocated it’s position that firearms laws and policies need to be evidence based and not a result of knee jerk reaction to emotion and misinformation so often peddled by the media and anti-gun groups.  SSAA NSW will continue to advocate these positions at all levels through meetings and representation on groups and forums.  Representations so far includes meetings with the Police Minister, Office for Police and Justice Department as well as the Firearms Registry.

For a period there was a glimmer of hope with the NSW Police Minister Troy Grant publicly stating the problem is criminals and illegal guns, not licensed firearms owners who abide by the law, and his call for facts based reasoning when considering the re-classification of lever action shotguns.  Unfortunately, it appears he has been overridden by the Premier and Police Commissioner, and without opposition from any other State or Territory the Federal Government has been able to push through this decision.

Before the re-classification can be affected it requires a change in legislation, so this is not the time to give up.  SSAA NSW will continue it’s representation to those that have an influence on the decision.

Of utmost importance is a united approach from all bodies that support firearms ownership and the shooting sports.  Division within the SSAA organisation achieves nothing except to play right into the hands of the greens and the anti-gun agenda of divide and conquer.  We have all faced adversity, but diverting the blame on to others that are working to achieve the same goals is simply counterproductive. 

It’s also very disappointing to see other pro-firearms bodies taking cheap shots at, and making false unsubstantiated claims about, the SSAA NSW efforts.  We all at some time face criticism, but a united voice is the only way to achieve good outcomes.  No one body can alone achieve positive results for firearms owners and the shooting sports – we’re better off directing criticism to those that are responsible for negative decisions and instead, working together using our varied resources to achieve end goals that will deliver positive benefits to licensed firearms owners and the shooting sports.

Members can also play an important role and we’ve been calling on SSAA members to take action for a while now.  SSAA NSW, again, strongly encourages all members to write to their local state and federal  members of parliament to express their disappointment with the recent decision and the need for firearms laws to be evidence based, rather than as a knee jerk reaction to emotion and hype.  Firearms laws should not be onerous on law abiding firearms owners and must be effective in reducing illegal firearms and gun crime.  Members should visit the Action Centre on the SSAA NSW website for the contact details of their local state MP.

NSW Firearms Laws: SSAA NSW Position

In the December edition of the NSW Shooter, SSAA NSW has published its position on NSW Firearms Laws and makes it clear that firearms legislation must be evidence based, not onerous on law-abiding firearms owners and effective in reducing illegal firearms.

It’s also important to reiterate that SSAA NSW does not, and has never supported re-classification.  In the NSW Shooter President Paul McNabb states that "SSAA NSW does not support re-categorisation of the Adler A110 shotgun, or re-categorisation of any firearms if it results in further restricting access." He also states that "SSAA NSW continues to strongly argue that there is NO case for change, NO evidence, NO facts and NO statistics."

SSAA NSW has been advocating quite strongly against the re-classification in numerous meetings and at every opportunity that we can put this position forward. We will continue to proactively push this position at every occasion.

SSAA National has also been a strong advocate against re-classification and has released a statement today.

Claims to the contrary by others are misleading, untruthful and disappointing.

SSAA NSW supported Police Minister Troy Grant for being the only Police Minister to publicly take a pro-shooter stance over the past 12 months.  He has publicly stated on more than one occasion that the issue is illegal firearms and criminals and not licensed firearms owners, as well as insisting that firearms laws need to be based on proven statistics and tested facts at a meeting of Police ministers to discuss the NFA review.

SSAA NSW encourages all members to write to their local state and federal members of parliament to put forward their disappointment with the recent decision and the need for firearms laws to be evidence based, not onerous on law abiding firearms owners and is effective in reducing illegal firearms and gun crime.  Members should visit the Action Centre on the SSAA NSW website for the contact details of their local state MP.

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.


Sensible Approach to Firearms Laws: SSAA NSW Applauds NSW Police Minister

SSAA NSW congratulates NSW Police Minister Troy Grant for his pro-shooter position at the recent meeting of State Police Ministers and members of The Law, Crime and Community Safety Subcommittee (LCCSC) in Canberra.

The meeting discussed the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and the recategorisation of the Adler A110 lever action shotgun.

The Minister argued strongly that there was no evidence to warrant changing the existing NFA and that firearms laws should be treated the same as other laws, with reviews based on proven statistics and tested facts.

On numerous occasions Minister Grant has stated that legal firearms ownership is not the issue, it’s illegal guns that are the problem.  He has also acknowledged that theft from licensed firearms owners is a rare event, with less than 3% of stolen registered firearms used in criminal activity.

SSAA NSW applauds the NSW Police Minister for his support of law abiding firearms owners and sensible approach to firearms laws.

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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.

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here