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Geoff Jones
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2015: A look at the year ahead
Welcome to the first Australian Shooter for 2015. Although it has only been an additional month between editions, 2015 is already shaping up to be another productive year for the SSAA - but not without its challenges.

Despite our successes in 2014, the end of the year brought with it an unthinkable incident that rightly shocked the nation. It was disappointing to once again see some groups in society, particularly the Australian Greens Party, use the incident as an opportunity to attack us, legitimate sporting shooters, for an unrelated act. These unwarranted attacks demonstrate there is still an undertone of anti-gun sentiments within society and serves as a reminder that we need to remain ever vigilant.

A key way in which we can protect our recreation is, of course, through the SSAA. As many of you know, the SSAA has federal, state and territory parliamentary presences where we liaise with elected leaders and relevant government departments. The SSAA also has official Non-Government Organisation status within the United Nations and regularly participates in international discussions, with the SSAA to attend a high-level meeting early this year. We also speak openly with our counterparts in New Zealand about any issues and talks will be held between our like-minded bodies this month.

Back home, the end of 2014 saw the report from the Greens-led Senate Inquiry into ‘The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community’ delayed until March 26. The SSAA answered questions at the Canberra public hearing about our submission and responded to additional questions, while continuing to assist with the Inquiry as the report is finalised. We await the release of the report and will respond accordingly to the committee’s recommendations. Read more >

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