The SSAA, our members and licensed firearms owners have once again experienced a tumultuous few weeks of politics and negativity towards our chosen sport and pastime, with a new import Adler lever-action shotgun exposed to selective and biased media coverage.
When news of the Adler broke in June, it was reported in an audacious way using terms such as ‘rapid fire’ and ‘new technology’, which caused undue unrest with some politicians. The SSAA received many inquiries from concerned members regarding this negative media coverage, with some questioning possible restrictions extending to other lever-action firearms.
As the SSAA National President, I can assure members that the SSAA has been actively investigating the situation and has been in contact with the authorities regarding any proposed changes to current regulations. SSAA National will be meeting with the Federal Attorney-General’s Department this month, where we will discuss this issue, along with the ongoing review into the technicalities of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).
At a federal level, we have been assured by Justice Minister Michael Keenan’s office that no decision has been made regarding the NFA. We have also been guaranteed that there will be consultation with key stakeholders including the SSAA and firearms industry representatives before any changes are made. Any recommendations will not be considered until the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, scheduled for 2016. Update: A decision to temporarily ban the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun was made on July 26 and we wrote an open letter to Justice Minister Keenan about the issue on...