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Geoff Jones
SSAA National President Geoff Jones   Join, renew or change SSAA membership details   Search SSAA

We play it as we see it
As law-abiding, licensed firearm owners, it is hard not to be offended by the negative media coverage and rhetoric surrounding the shooting sports, recreational hunting and the firearms industry as a whole. The coverage can be described as ignoring shooters at best, and denigrating shooters at worst.

The vicious response to Glenn McGrath’s African hunting trip, along with social media attacks on the SSAA Western Australia Branch over proposed recreational hunting on public land demonstrates the lack of good faith many appear to have in our sport and activities.

But amid the doom and gloom, there are some who understand the importance of the shooting sports and recreational hunting, with Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie going into bat for hunters in a passionate speech to the Senate earlier this year. Senator McKenzie is also behind the recently formed Parliamentary Friends of Shooting group, which will see interested MPs and Senators attend range days and show their support for the shooting sports. The SSAA attended the group’s launch on March 23 and was pleased to share information about the shooting sports and some of the Association’s recent activities.

While we commend Senator McKenzie for her support, there is some confusion regarding the political affiliations of SSAA National. The SSAA state and territory bodies may choose to support a party, but SSAA National is strictly not ‘politically aligned’. That being said, we are certainly not ‘apolitical’, a term that translates to having no involvement in politics. The SSAA is involved in politics. We are not afraid to slam those individuals who choose to unfairly legislate or broadcast misinformed views that lack factual evidence, and we do applaud those who support the shooting sports with fair and practical policy. We play it as we see it, with the best interests of our members at heart. Read more >

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