The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. “SSAA NSW” has slammed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation “ABC” for a biased and deceptive article on its’ online platforms.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham has called for the ABC to correct the record in the article, “Gun sales at controversial HuntFest festival raise ire as photographers take aim at event”, after misleading statements were published.

“The article references comments made by known anti-firearm social justice warrior David Shoebridge, who states the holding of HuntFest on public land contravenes the National Firearms Agreement “NFA”,” Mrs Melham said.

“Nowhere in the NFA is any reference made to the holding of fairs, festivals or events, nor does it refer anywhere to firearm sales in relation to public lands.

“This is just another unreasonable, emotional attack on law abiding firearms owners by activists whose only interest lies in their own power and not in community safety.”

Mrs Melham said the ABC presented a distorted view of firearm owners and recreational hunting in the article.

“Hunting is no different to fishing, where people go out into the natural environment and harvest the best of organic free-range food,” Mrs Melham said.

“In an age where medical professionals are urging us to engage with nature, this condemnation by the public broadcaster of those who would enjoy the outdoors is unbecoming of an organisation which has a legislative duty to operate in the public interest.”

Mrs Melham said law abiding firearm owners should not be condemned for the actions of unlicensed criminals who obtain and use illegal guns to commit their crimes.

“If the ABC and social justice warriors like David Shoebridge want to make our community a safer place, they should support the efforts of SSAA NSW to work with the Government and regulators to achieve fair and workable firearms laws that are not onerous on licensed law-abiding firearms owners, but that are truly effective in addressing the real problem of illegal firearms and gun crime,” Mrs Melham said.

“We know that the existing firearms black market in Australia is mostly divided into criminal gangs, whose main focus are crimes rather than dealing with firearms, or small networks of individuals who buy or sell by word of mouth, both of which play a significant role in supplying illegal guns to criminals.”

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