Fresh from a meeting with senior federal government officials, it is evident that 2015 will continue to be a year of political challenges for the SSAA and licensed firearm owners. While we are cautiously optimistic about what the future holds, there is no doubt that our sport and chosen pastime will face scrutiny from our nation’s legislators during the coming months.
As members may already know from statements on our online platforms, the SSAA attended a meeting with senior federal Attorney-General Department officials last month and were assured that the ban on the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun is purely temporary until further information is gathered. The more pressing issue at hand, however, is the technical review of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) currently underway. This review is said to be primarily because of the report into the Sydney Siege, which included one recommendation regarding the legal firearms market and that was to simplify regulation.
We have also secured a commitment from the federal government for serious consultation to take place before any concrete decisions are made, and we welcome Justice Minister Michael Keenan’s announcement that an Industry Reference Group will be formed to advise the government on the NFA review.
We made it abundantly clear that a succession of bad faith decisions by subsequent governments since Port Arthur has shown a lack of political goodwill to deal with the real issues when it comes to firearms. Governments appear to consistently buckle to the vocal anti-firearms minorities, who use emotion and scaremongering tactics to skew the reality of the...