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President's Message

Outcome from NFA review imminent despite details still lacking

Earlier this month, I urgently called on the SSAA’s 180,000-plus members to express concerns to their Police Ministers, as well as their State and Federal representatives, about the lack of information from the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) review.

As our SSAA Legislative Action (SSAA-LA) department has reported, the main area of discussion has centred on lever-action shotguns of more than five shots. Such issues have been overshadowed by emotional rhetoric and a targeted campaign driven by anti-gun groups who have an irrational fear of firearms, both legal and illegal. We have continued to point out that no changes should be made to the NFA in the absence of any evidence, nor should legitimate firearms owners have to bear the brunt of more unintended consequences based purely on emotion or politicking.

Further to this is the widespread, real concern that recategorisation under these circumstances may set a precedent for future unjustified class changes of other firearms, effectively restricting or banning them for sporting shooters. No further information was provided at my latest meeting with Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan last month. Therefore, I implored members via our website, Facebook page and SSAA-LA E-newsletter to urgently contact Police Ministers who were poised to discuss the NFA, with any recommendations then taken to a meeting of Premiers and key Ministers. It appears lever-action shotguns of more than five shots may fall victim to a disingenuous review that masqueraded as a chance to look at the 20-year-old NFA and cut red tape for the legitimate firearms community.

Whatever the outcome, I have made it crystal clear to Minister Keenan that any changes to the NFA devoid of evidence that further inhibits our recreation will...

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