Our strong advocacy actively continues with regards to the Firearms and Weapons Legislation Amendment (Criminal Use) Bill 2020. It is important that the Bill is amended to avoid any unintended consequences for legal firearm owners.
As you will recall, SSAA NSW lodged a submission, objecting to the harsh unintended consequences proposed in the Bill. The submission has been received and is now published on the NSW Parliament website. We will continue to work hard for our members and will soon be appearing before the Upper House Inquiry, chaired by the Hon. Robert Borsak MLC.
As your peak association, we advocate for our 58,000 members and all law-abiding firearms owners in NSW. It is imperative that we all stand as one.
Recent Progress Updates
Most recently, we have sent letters and emails to every member of parliament (both in the lower and upper houses) across NSW, expressing our concerns for the Bill and requesting their support.
Already this has proved to be helpful as it was clear that many were not aware of the potential for unintended consequences. We have already received positive feedback from MPs across various parties who wish to meet with SSAA NSW to discuss the Bill further.
Within the past two weeks alone, we have met with:
- Robert Borsak MLC – Leader of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party;
- Phil Donato, Member for Orange and Deputy Leader of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party;
- Mark Taylor, Member for Seven Hills and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Justice, with the office of David Elliott, Member for Baulkham Hills and Minister for Police and Emergency Services;
- Stephen Bromhead, Member for Myall Lakes and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport;
- Matthew Mason-Cox MLC – Member of the Upper House and former Minister for Fair Trading,
- Mark Latham MLC – Leader of One Nation, and
- Nathanial Smith, Member for Wollondilly.
We thank all the members of parliament for their time and positive feedback. In addition, we have received responses from various members of the Nationals, Liberal, Labor, and the Greens, with further meetings organised.
As this situation develops, we will continue to update you with our progress in rejecting the unintended consequences of the Bill.
We will be involving members in the next step of our advocacy soon. Please follow our Facebook page to be the first to know all the latest news and next steps regarding the Bill.