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President’s
Message
with
Geoff Jones
SSAA National President Geoff Jones   Join, renew or change SSAA membership details   Search SSAA

Logical, evidence-based discussion needed
The Greens-led Senate Inquiry into ‘The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community’ continues, with all submissions now received and being considered by the committee. After receiving a heartening response to our call for input and support in relation to the Inquiry, SSAA National put forward a clear and evidence-based submission, ensuring firearm owners’ interests and the shooting sports have their voices heard. We made it clear that a ban on self-loading handguns would have dire consequences for the Australian shooting community, with our country’s recent success in the Commonwealth Games impossible if draconian legislation and further bans are introduced.

It was pleasing to see many of our SSAA state and territory branches and clubs put forward submissions supporting our calls. It also gave us an opportunity to share information and experiences with other legitimate shooting associations that are on the same page regarding the Greens’ obvious agenda.

Committee chair and Greens Senator Penny Wright’s recent comments about the number of firearms ‘falling into the hands of criminals’ shows that the party and other anti-gunners are intent on ‘cherry-picking’ statistics and putting the onus of blame on legitimate firearm owners. She was quoted as saying, “There is a very persistent misconception out there that most illegal guns are smuggled into the country, when in fact nearly all illegal guns are stolen...It’s really quite extraordinary how many stolen guns are in circulation and this really needs to be the focus for reducing gun crime.” Read more >

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