Mar
11
SSAA NSW has been working hard to ensure that law abiding firearms owners interests are heard at all levels of Government. We have also been seeking funding commitments for our sport which is no different to commitments made to other sporting codes. Last week we reported an election commitment of $3 million from Dugald Saunders. We are pleased to announce that the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party have committed $4.5 million dollars broken down to $3.5 million for Dubbo and $1 million for Armidale. We thank Robert Borsak MLC who gave us the good news late last week and has indicated that he will look at other opportunities with SSAA NSW in the future. SSAA NSW will continue to represent you at the highest levels and our hard work is paying off. We are thrilled that political parties share SSAA NSW vision of supporting ranges and in turn supporting our sport. We look forward to updating you on more announcements as they are made.  
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Mar
10
Dear SSAA Members and Law Abiding Firearm Owners,It is disappointing to see another attempt by Gun Control Australia attacking Law Abiding Firearm Owners (LAFO) as opposed to criminals.It is true licenced shooters are at record levels, it is also true that other sports are at records and the reason is our population has increased. It is only logical that legally owned firearms would increase also. Three percent (3%) of NSW are law abiding firearm owners (242,000 people) compared with a population of 7.95 million.Law Abiding Firearms Owners go through a stringent process and vetting by the NSW Police. Proper vetting is part of a good regime.The people who commit crimes are criminals. SSAA NSW only supports lawful use and ownership of firearms. We fully support tougher penalties for criminals including mandatory sentences.Firearm ownership by LAFO’s means that they have been given a licence as a result of a stringent NSW Police check and been found to be respectable citizens and not criminals. So why target the good citizens as opposed to criminals.With over 56,000 members one of SSAA NSW key objectives is to protect, preserve and promote the shooting sport for law abiding firearm owners. SSAA NSW will always stand up for law abiding firearm owners and call out sensationalism used merely as a tactic for a private political agenda.The debate shouldn’t be about law abiding citizens it should be about criminals.SSAA NSW works proactively to increase training to set higher standards and benefit the community. SSAA NSW trains many Government Departments for their every day work and in some instances the very same LAFO’s being attacked today assist with the important work in feral pest eradication and other operations.SSAA NSW works productively and advocates for safety and evidenced based law reform that does not impact on LAFO’s. We will continue to advocate in this way to the highest levels of the political process including Government, Opposition and the Cross B...
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Dec
21
The SSAA NSW Office will be closed from Thursday 20 December and re-open on Monday 7 January 2019. On behalf of all the staff at SSAA NSW, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.    
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Dec
17
SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. (SSAA NSW) today confirmed the appointment of long-standing Member for Wollondilly and former NSW Government Minister, Jai Rowell, as its incoming Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer. Mr Rowell announced in February he would retire from a long career in politics after having served first in local government and then State Parliament. SSAA NSW President, Lance Miller said Mr Rowell was the standout candidate from an excellent field of applicants. ‘On behalf of the SSAA NSW Board, employees and volunteers, I congratulate Jai on his appointment and welcome him to our Executive Team,’ Mr Miller said. ‘Jai comes to the role with a wealth of experience in government at all levels and a proven ability to shape policymaking and the development of sensible and effective legislation. ‘He has a solid grounding in the key issues of importance to our members having lived in and represented a semi-rural electorate with more than 3,300 registered firearm owners and around 1,000 SSAA NSW members. ‘Jai also has an excellent record of getting results as an advocate for his constituents, as demonstrated by his ability to consistently secure funding for new infrastructure and services across a range of areas including health, education, civil works, law and order, roads and sports and recreational facilities. ‘We look forward to Jai building on the great platform that outgoing Executive Director Ms Diana Melham has laid and providing strong leadership to everyone connected with the organisation at an important time in our evolution.’ In addition to representing his electorate of Wollondilly, Mr Rowell has held several prominent roles during his time in NSW Parliament, including: • Assistant Minister for Health • Minister for Mental Health • Special Advisor to the NSW Premier and the NSW Government on Science, Industry and Innovation ...
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Sep
19
As many of you are already aware, QBE’s Global Underwriting Committee recently agreed on a change in QBE’s risk appetite for insuring the sale and/or manufacturing of firearms as well as firearms organisations, associations and clubs. SSAA General Insurance Brokers currently have facilities in place with QBE to underwrite the SSAA Members’ Firearms Insurance, property insurance for SSAA affiliate clubs and branches and SSAA’s Group Personal Accident and Liability Insurances. Due to the agreements with QBE, these policy renewals will be offered and remain in place until March 31, 2019. SSAA General Insurance Brokers are currently presenting details of all the Association’s insurances to other underwriters and insurance agencies and hope to have facilities in place well before March 31, 2019. Like you, we are extremely disappointed with the changes QBE have made but we, SSAA General Insurance Brokers, must continue to work with them and manage the policies currently in place and, of course, those claims which have already been lodged. If you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact Greg Brown on 0455  777  685 or visit ssaaib.com.au
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Sep
10
For those of you who have received your latest NSW Shooter Quarterly Update, you would have read the extract of our interview with Senator David Leyonhjlem, of the Liberal Democrats. As promised we are providing the entirety of the interview for you to read, in PDF format, by clicking here (Article must be opened to click link).
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Jun
12
The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. “SSAA NSW” has slammed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation “ABC” for a biased and deceptive article on its’ online platforms. SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham has called for the ABC to correct the record in the article, “Gun sales at controversial HuntFest festival raise ire as photographers take aim at event”, after misleading statements were published. “The article references comments made by known anti-firearm social justice warrior David Shoebridge, who states the holding of HuntFest on public land contravenes the National Firearms Agreement “NFA”,” Mrs Melham said. “Nowhere in the NFA is any reference made to the holding of fairs, festivals or events, nor does it refer anywhere to firearm sales in relation to public lands. “This is just another unreasonable, emotional attack on law abiding firearms owners by activists whose only interest lies in their own power and not in community safety.” Mrs Melham said the ABC presented a distorted view of firearm owners and recreational hunting in the article. “Hunting is no different to fishing, where people go out into the natural environment and harvest the best of organic free-range food,” Mrs Melham said. “In an age where medical professionals are urging us to engage with nature, this condemnation by the public broadcaster of those who would enjoy the outdoors is unbecoming of an organisation which has a legislative duty to operate in the public interest.” Mrs Melham said law abiding firearm owners should not be condemned for the actions of unlicensed criminals who obtain and use illegal guns to commit their crimes. “If the ABC and social justice warriors like David Shoebridge want to make our community a safer place, they should support the efforts of SSAA NSW to work with the Government and regulators to achieve fair and workable firearms laws that are not onerous on licensed law-abiding firearms owne...
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May
30
Last night, SBS Viceland program The Feed aired a segment on the increased female participation in shooting sports. You can view the program by clicking here. The story was filmed during our SBS Viceland Ladies Competition.  The competition, held on 5 May, attracted participants from as close as St Clair, as far afield as Cobar and everywhere in between. Importantly, we feel the program showcased the diversity of our sport, not just in gender but in age and backgrounds, with our participants including a married mum who works in accounts, a high school student and an Australian national biathlete. It is this kind of positive media coverage which can only grow our sport and we are looking forward to holding monthly ladies events and regular regional events as well.” Thank you to all of the ladies that participated in the competition and contributed to the positive promotion of our sport.
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