Greens-led Senate report on firearms violence overwhelmingly rejected

The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA) has received the 180-page Senate report issued today and notes that there is considerable dissent by the majority of the Committee concerning the Greens Chair Penny Wright’s recommendations.

Senators Bridget McKenzie, Linda Reynolds, Ian Macdonald and David Leyonhjelm have added multiple responses and alternative recommendations, including recommending to deregulate the firearms industry to ease the economic burden on governments, industry and legal firearm users.

The report comes nearly a year after the Senate Inquiry began and was established to look at combating illegal firearms crime in Australia. The SSAA was invited to provide a submission and give evidence at a public hearing to the Committee, before responding to requests for further information and attending all public hearings on behalf of our 170,000 members. SSAA National attended all three public hearings, with SSAA National President Geoff Jones and CEO Tim Bannister called as witnesses to the Federal Parliamentary hearing.

It appears that the report will become renowned for the majority of Senators expressing opposite views to its Chair, which is both rare and embarrassing for the Greens-initiated Inquiry. Over the coming days, the SSAA will closely examine the document and respond accordingly.

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