Jun
26
The NSW Government has eased restrictions, with regards to public gatherings and recreational facilities. Please note that just because a range can open does not mean that it must open. Individuals should check with their Branch or range as to when the range intends to reopen. Branches have been notified of requirements with regards to COVID-19 hygiene, venue capacity, record keeping and physical distancing. SSAA NSW has developed a tailored COVID-19 Safety Plan as per Government recommendations. The SSAA NSW COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here for all members and branches to download. We look forward to seeing you on the range or out in the field! Lance Miller – President, SSAA NSWJai Rowell – CEO, SSAA NSW  
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May
22
Outdoor ranges may now reopen at the discretion of their range management. SSAA NSW owned ranges must follow the previously distributed SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures document. Ranges not owned by SSAA NSW may use the procedures document as a guideline should they choose to but, are only required to comply with NSW Government health advice. Stage 1 SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures On Tuesday, 12 May, SSAA NSW released a framework document providing procedures for the reopening of SSAA NSW owned ranges (and suggested procedures for other ranges). This document was based on the Premier’s announcement of the Stage 1 ease in restrictions for NSW, as well as consultation with government agencies. Stage 1 allows outdoor gatherings of 10 people, use of outdoor equipment and the reopening of community centres. Inquiries Regarding Reopening Procedures We received overwhelming support from branches and members across NSW with regards to the framework. However, we received a handful of inquiries with regards to the ability to reopen ranges. We took steps to address those inquiries in further discussions with various government departments, which resulted in a one week delay, whilst we sought clarification in the interest of all members. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process and we are pleased that the original advice provided was correct. There was no significant impact on ranges from this short delay, as there are many physical distancing and logistical preparations to be implemented in order to reopen to meet Stage 1 guidelines. The short notice from NSW Government did not provide much time for some ranges to prepare and we appreciate that for some ranges, preparations are ongoing. Confirmation of Previously Published Information SSAA NSW can now confirm that the Stage 1 SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures are correct and follow all restrictions and requirements from Government. Outdoor Ranges May...
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May
14
Stage 1 SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures On Tuesday, 12 May, SSAA NSW released a framework document providing procedures for the reopening of SSAA NSW owned ranges (and suggested procedures for other ranges). This document was based on the Premier’s announcement of the Stage 1 ease in restrictions for NSW, as well as consultation with government agencies. Stage 1 allows outdoor gatherings of 10 people, use of outdoor equipment and the reopening of community centres. Inquiries Regarding Reopening Procedures We appreciate the overwhelming support from branches and members across NSW with regards to the framework. Like you, we are keen to return to our sport. We have, however, received a handful of inquiries with regards to the reopening of ranges. We have taken steps to address those inquiries in further discussions with various government departments, which will result in a small delay in receiving their response. As a result of discussions as late as today, SSAA NSW remains confident that the Stage 1 SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Proceduresare correct and follow all restrictions and requirements from Government announcements. As a service to members and in the interest of being prudent, we have asked the various government agencies to respond to the issues raised. We believe we will receive a response shortly, potentially as early as next week. We do, however, understand that there are processes that agencies have to follow to provide a response. Again, we are encouraged by our discussions and the positive feedback received from those agencies, in relation to our engagement on behalf of members. Short Delay in Reopening of Ranges While we await feedback, we have decided to err on the side of caution and delay the reopening of ranges. This delay is only until such time as a response is received. We have been advised that a response will be quick but will not be provided on the spot. We ask that in the meantime, those ranges wishing to reo...
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May
12
Last week, the Prime Minister outlined the Government’s three-step plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions.  The Australian Government intends to achieve a "COVID-safe economy by July this year" with a progress review of the plan every three weeks. The NSW Premier has announced that “Stage 1” of the ease in restrictions will commence this Friday, 15 May 2020. Stage 1 allows for the reopening of outdoor ranges, in accordance with strict pandemic safety guidelines. Some changes to range operational procedures must be made to ensure compliance within the scope of pandemic safety. Click here to read the SSAA NSW Stage 1 Shooting Range Reopening Procedures.
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May
8
In early March, SSAA NSW advocated on behalf of all members in anticipation of escalating issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. SSAA NSW responded quickly to ensure that our members were not negatively impacted, as a result of not being able to meet their attendance requirements due to COVID-19 restrictions. Recently, we wrote to members with regards to the Firearms Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 . This amendment provides for a 12-month extension to the attendances reporting period for longarms. SSAA NSW has continued to work with Firearms Registry to clarify the details regarding the 12-month extension, as the amendment did not extend to the 2019-2020 reporting period: “The Firearms Registry is aware that clubs define their compliance periods based on the calendar or financial year, from the date the club was approved by the Firearms Registry or by some other means. This means that some clubs may have missed out on the coverage afforded by the Firearms COVID Regulation to protect club members from being non-compliant due to range closures or health orders.” SSAA NSW is pleased to announce that our advocacy work has produced a successful result. We can now report that members who were unable to complete their mandatory longarm attendances within the 2019-2020 reporting period, due to COVID-19 restrictions are now exempt. Firearms Registry have also clarified the following: “The Firearms Registry does not propose to revoke licences held by people who find themselves in this situation. This applies to any licence holder whose compliance period ended in March or in April before the 15th and was unable to fulfil their participation requirements due to self-isolation, quarantine or range closure. Licence holders in this situation do not need to notify the Firearms Registry on this matter.” We appreciate the assistance of Firearms Registry in their communications and cooperation with SSAA NSW and the NSW shooting community on this issue. Achie...
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May
6
SSAA NSW has been working with the Department of Primary Industries and various industry groups to advocate for hunting to recommence in NSW. We have been and continue to be part of the DPI’s working forum, advocating for the return of hunting.We can now report that this advocacy has produced a positive result and State Forests will reopen for hunting purposes.   Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has announced that from Friday 8 May 2020, NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) holders with a valid written permission issued by DPI will be allowed back into State Forests.   Access to written permission bookings and hunting maps has been reinstated for R-Licence holders. Current R-Licences will also be extended for four weeks to compensate hunters for the period State forest hunting was suspended.DPI advise that social distancing and gathering guidelines, as well as guidelines around facilities use, must still be maintained. We advise all members to stay up to date on travel guidelines from the Government. SSAA NSW is proud to have helped secure this outcome for law-abiding firearms owners and hunters.   Click here to read the media release.    Thank you,   Lance Miller - President, SSAA NSWJai Rowell - CEO/Executive Director SSAA NSW
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May
1
COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on our sport and hunting activities to the detriment of our members, native wildlife and the Australian economy. A recent report commissioned by the Department of Health recognised the benefits of hunting and the shooting sports for 640,000 law-abiding firearms owners across Australia. Economic Benefits The estimated financial contribution to the economy from recreational hunting and sport shooting activity in Australia in 2018, was $2.4 billion. New South Wales and Victoria are recognised as the two states who contribute the most to this economic footprint. Health Benefits This study also recognises the physical and mental health benefits to those who participate in the sport, with hunters are shooters identified as more likely to be active than the general population. Wildlife Benefits In addition to the benefits for Australians, hunting also contributes to the betterment of native Australian wildlife. Recent bushfires and dry conditions in our state have had disastrous consequences for our native flora and fauna. This is a situation that has received much media attention. As a result of such tragedy, non-native game and feral animals will be competing for food and water resources with increasing volume. Feral cats, in particular, are the most significant contemporary driver of extinction for our native animals (Australian Government: Threatened Species Strategy). Hunting feral pests protects our precious and vulnerable flora, fauna and ecological systems from the threat of extinction. Strategic culling through the use of dedicated and qualified law-abiding firearms owners is the most humane method of pest management. Advocacy A couple of weeks ago SSAA NSW was invited to participate in a working forum to help re-establish hunting activities. We were also asked to determine any assistance the sector may need during and post COVID-19. The Department of Primary Industry Hunting and Fishing working forum includes...
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Apr
27
SSAA NSW, as your peak association, monitors proposed legislative changes that impact law-abiding firearms owners and responds where necessary.The NSW Government is intending to amend the Firearms Act 1996 with the introduction of The Firearms and Weapons Legislation (Criminal Use) Bill 2020 later this year. SSAA NSW has been invited to make a submission to the NSW Parliament regarding the proposed bill.The stated purpose of the amendment is to strengthen the provisions relating to illegal manufacture of firearms or prohibited weapons and to clarify police powers when conducting firearms prohibition order searches.By reading the proposed legislation (which was prepared without industry consultation), it appears that there are unintended consequences which may prevent law-abiding firearms owners from working on their own firearms for legal and legitimate purposes.While SSAA NSW supports the toughening of laws on criminals, this draft legislation needs significant clarification before being introduced into Parliament. SSAA NSW will use your input to fight against any potential negative impact on law-abiding firearms owners.In preparing our response, we ask all SSAA NSW members and other individuals/organisations to provide comment on how the proposed legislation, if passed, would impact yourself (as a law-abiding firearms owner) and your sport/discipline/recreational activities. Any response received may be used in SSAA NSW’s submission, without any identifying information.SSAA NSW will always advocate for the interests of our members and all other law-abiding firearms owners. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will help us fight against unintended consequences. You can email your comments to admin@nsw.ssaa.org.au   The proposed legislation can be found at: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bill/files/3733/First%20Print.pdf This is the time that we, as an organisation and industry, must come together to change the draft legislation to prote...
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