SSAA NSW WELCOMES FIREARM AMNESTY

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. “SSAA NSW” has welcomed the NSW Police Minister’s announcement of another firearm amnesty which will run from 1 July to 30 September.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham said this amnesty is the result of extensive lobbying by SSAA NSW and other shooting bodies and a fitting response following last year’s amnesty.

“We have been calling on the NSW Government to implement a permanent amnesty for some time now and it is pleasing to see the Minister and NSW Police take action to again provide a mechanism for people within the community to legally register or surrender firearms that have come into their possession through innocuous circumstances, such as a death in the family.” Mrs Melham said.

“From our discussions with the Government it seems reasonable to expect that periodic amnesties will continue to be announced in the future and the prohibitive costs involved with a continuous amnesty is the only reason this initiative is not permanent.”

Mrs Melham said the amnesty was the result of a collaborative effort by the firearms community working together to achieve a common goal. SSAA NSW continues to publicly declare its commitment to working with all-pro-shooting organisations to achieve a united voice for the shooting sports.

“There are a number of shooting bodies that have played an important role in securing this amnesty.” Mrs Melham said.

Mrs Melham said SSAA NSW supports any measures that aid in the combat against illegal firearms and the reduction of gun-related crime in Australia, however a firearms amnesty will not resolve the real issue of career criminals and their use of illegal guns.

“We must focus on the criminals with illegal firearms as criminals by their very nature do not abide by the law, so it is unlikely that they will front up to their local dealership or Police station to hand in their ill-gotten firearms." Mrs Melham said.

"We must make it more difficult for them to get their hands on illegal firearms by dedicating more funding to frontline policing and border protection, and when criminals are caught with illegal guns we must make sure the punishment fits the crime.”

“No one wants illegal guns off the streets and out of our community more than licensed, law-abiding firearm owners."

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