State firearms registries given funding boost allows for National Firearms Register go ahead

An agreement by the Federal Government to fund upgrades to state and territory firearms registries has paved the way for the National Firearms Register to get the green light.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made the announcement this week following the National Cabinet meeting of Premiers from around the country.

While the Register will not directly impact licensing and firearm regulations for Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia state and territory members, it is intended for it to allow law enforcement in all jurisdictions to access up-to-date information in the process of their work.

Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA Inc) Media and Politics Officer Rachael Oxborrow provided comment to the media that while the Register and public safety goals of the initiative are well-founded, increasing funding to law enforcement to target illegal firearm use rather than impacting law-abiding firearm owners with more stringent regulations was a better use of public funds.

Listen to the interview with ABC AM here.

Read the SSAA Inc Media Statement here.

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