ePetition and Criminal Use Bill Debate

Recently, our ePetition on the Firearms and Weapons Legislation Amendment (Criminal Use) Bill was debated in NSW Parliament. SSAA NSW President Lance Miller (the main signatory for the ePetition) and CEO Jai Rowell both attended NSW Parliament, as well as SSAA NSW staff members.

Over the past several months, SSAA NSW has met with many MPs and Ministers to discuss the negative consequences of the Bill and we are confident these meetings have assisted in securing support and understanding in parliament.

We are proud to announce that we have been successful in obtaining clarification from the government that the intended legislation will not target legal firearms owners – this is a hugely encouraging part of the advocacy process. The next step is the vote on the amendments to the Bill, which will be happening shortly. SSAA NSW continues to advocate for legal firearms owners and the removal of the Bill’s negative consequences in the lead up to this vote.

Thank you to Philip Donato, Member for Orange who tabled the ePetition and those who spoke in parliament on behalf of legal firearms owners. Thank you also to all those who signed the ePetition and supported the SSAA NSW advocacy process. Every signature on the ePetition was important in ensuring this Bill reached the floor of parliament. We are well on our way to ensuring that this Bill does not target legal firearms owners.

You can watch the debate and the appearance from SSAA NSW online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZBx3MITyr8 

Emma Taviani is the Marketing and Communications Manager for SSAA NSW.