Junior shooter's Olympic dream on Prime 7 News

Congratulations to SSAA NSW junior shooter Karl Simpson, who won a gold medal at the recent SSAA NSW State Rimfire Titles. Karl’s story also made Prime 7 News where he shared his Olympic dream and was a great representative for our shooting sport. Well done!

His story starts at the 17:54 minute mark.

NFA Review – Members Feedback Required

SSAA NSW has adopted a ‘two-pronged’ approach in response to the current review of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) which incorporates both State and National based elements.

To date, information gleaned from the Government indicates that the review will focus on the technical elements of the NFA to ensure it remains current with ‘advancements in technology and changes in the firearms market’.  The NFA Review stems from a recommendation of the Martin Place Siege Review.

SSAA National, in consultation with the State and Territory SSAA bodies, has been proactively representing the interests of its 170,000 plus SSAA members at the Federal level.  Recently, the Minister for Justice announced the establishment of an Industry Reference Group to advise the Government on the NFA Review.  SSAA National has been given a seat at the table and the first meeting of the Group was held on Wednesday.

The NFA Review has invited SSAA National to provide feedback via a submission.  SSAA National is currently developing a submission and as part of the process have been requesting information and input from the SSAA State and Territory bodies.  SSAA NSW has been actively engaging with National on this.

At the State level, SSAA NSW is meeting with State politicians as well as those Federal politicians who represent NSW seats and jurisdictions.  SSAA NSW will continue to pursue all avenues for consultation to ensure our views and feedback are considered at the NSW State level and ultimately to the Review on behalf of our State.

SSAA NSW is currently developing its own submission which focusses on the impact of the NFA on firearms legislation in NSW and ultimately the enjoyment of our sport.  This will be presented to various NSW Government and NSW politicians to ensure that the views of SSAA NSW and its members are widely known.

To enable us to accurately and adequately represent our members, we are encouraging members to provide written feedback. 

Responses should focus on how the resolutions of the NFA and resulting NSW firearms legislation have negatively impacted on the sport but done nothing to enhance or support public safety.  For your reference, click here to view a copy of the NFA which contains details of the eleven resolutions.

Written responses should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 23 September at the very latest to ensure that they can be reviewed and incorporated into the SSAA NSW submission which can then be presented to the various stakeholders in a timely fashion.  Feedback will also be utilised in any response that SSAA NSW submits following the release of the Review outcomes.

SSAA NSW has been, and will continue to work with SSAA National to ensure their representations at the Federal level incorporates the issues of concern to SSAA NSW, its members and law abiding firearms licence holders in NSW.

SSAA open letter to Justice Minister

The SSAA is shocked by Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to temporarily ban the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun. SSAA National have already talked to Justice Minister Keenan's Chief of Staff to express our displeasure, given that no consultation with shooting groups or the importer Nioa has taken place.

SSAA National will be raising the issue in our meeting with the Attorney-General's office, and the Justice Minister again, within the fortnight. It is shocking that our parliamentarians are once again targeting the law-abiding shooter, rather than criminals who obtain firearms through illicit means, as was found in the Senate Inquiry. SSAA National and SSAA NSW call on our members to contact your local politician to express your concerns with this decision.

Also read SSAA National's open letter to Justice Minister Michael Keenan about the Federal Government’s decision to ‘temporarily’ ban the importation of the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun.


Unjustified ban on Adler lever action shotgun

SSAA NSW is outraged at the announcement that the Federal Government has suspended the importation of the Adler A110 lever action shotgun. SSAA NSW believes the suspension rides rough shod over the National Firearms Agreement. The suspension is nothing less than an attack on SSAA members and law abiding firearms owners around Australia.

SSAA NSW is frustrated that this decision was made without any prior consultation or review. This decision ignores the freedoms of more than 800,000 firearms licence holders and voters around Australia and paints them as criminals or potential terrorists that cannot be trusted.

The new Adler lever action shotgun has been falsely and sensationally labelled by some as a ‘high powered, semi-auto weapon’. In fact, this shotgun meets the definition of a Category A firearm under the current legislation. It fires exactly the same ammunition as all other 12 gauge shotguns and is "manually" operated. It is not, nor could ever be, a semi-automatic and is no different from some other existing Category A firearms.

The taglines ‘eight shots in eight seconds’, ‘game-changer’ and ‘fast and furious’ are marketing lines that have been seized and sensationalised by news outlets and on social media creating unnecessary public fear. Furthermore, claims that existing firearms laws need to keep up with ‘new technologies’ are false as the lever action mechanism has existed for more than 120 years.

Lever action shotguns are used by hunters and landowners in controlling feral animals as well as a regular part of many extremely popular target events such as Single Action. Along with farmers, primary producers and hunters, SSAA NSW believes this ban and any proposed category change will do nothing to stop crime or terrorism. This ban by the Government has created widespread fears of other potential bans and further unsubstantiated restrictions which SSAA NSW will vehemently oppose.

In NSW, firearms licence holders must undergo a lengthy licence application process with a thorough safe handling course, training and comply with rigorous background checks. SSAA NSW has always strongly supported and pushed for stricter laws aimed at those involved in illegal firearms activities, firearms misuse and theft. SSAA NSW believes the Government should focus their efforts on increasing Customs activities and eliminating the illegal firearms trade rather than placing further restrictions on law-abiding firearms owners.

SSAA NSW is working with SSAA National and State counterparts to provide a united voice to fight this unprecedented attack on our members' freedoms by the Abbot Liberal/ National Government. SSAA NSW strongly urges its members to contact their local Federal MP and express their concerns.


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SSAA National calls for status quo to remain in Adler debate

SSAA National is aware that the new import Adler lever-action shotgun is being discussed as part of the ongoing review into the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

More than 800,000 Australians have been approved by legislators and police, after passing stringent licensing requirements, to possess and use firearms for a range of valid and legitimate purposes.
This includes firearms based on lever-action technology that has existed for over 150 years, and were clearly considered in the legislation that came out of the original NFA discussions.

Any changes to the current legislation, including upward categorisation, that is not based on scientific evidence and facts, and does not bring any further public safety benefit, will not be supported by the SSAA.
It should be remembered that only 3 per cent of firearms stolen from licensed firearm owners are subsequently used to commit a crime, and there has been no recorded incident of a lever-action used to commit a crime in recent times.
The SSAA will continue to actively lobby our legislators and remind the media that the licensed firearm owner should not be punished by overzealous changes, especially if the changes are based on ‘what if’ scenarios.

The SSAA will also continue to encourage authorities to focus their time and precious resources capturing illegal firearms used by criminals, such as the unregistered and illegal firearm used in the Sydney Siege which was not recorded on any firearms database. The free flow of illicit firearms through our porous borders is a more pressing matter that needs urgent attention, not further restrictions on the country’s lawful firearm owners.

Article originally posted on SSAA National Website on 16 July 2015

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