Firstly, I’d like to wish all our members and their families a healthy and prosperous New Year!

The word on everybody’s lips at the moment is the ridiculous decision to move lever action shotguns over 5 shots in magazine capacity to Category D and those with 5 shots or less to Category B. SSAA Sydney has been actively representing the interests of our 32,000 members in the Sydney area through writing to all Sydney MP’s to request face-to-face meetings and educate them that lever action shotguns aren’t an issue and never have been. We are also highlighting that laws only serve to restrict the law abiding and not the criminals. It is frankly hard to stomach that we are now being prejudiced because of the actions of a mad man in the Lindt café with an illegal, unregistered PUMP action shotgun!

Throughout the Adler issue my phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from members concerned that the SSAA isn’t doing enough to combat this issue as well as stating they feel they are being ignored.

THE MEMBERS WANT ACTION, they want the SSAA to proactively defend their rights as shooters and law abiding citizens, and to tackle head-on, the Governments that seek to disenfranchise them, and not ‘work behind the scenes’! I can assure you that SSAA Sydney is listening and we are determined! We are pushing the SSAA at all levels and desperately trying to change the reactive culture within the Association.

It is the opinion of SSAA Sydney that the entire SSAA needs to be a unified, loud and proud lobby group. With the number of shooters in Australia publicised at around 1,000,000, we could be the largest political movement in the country. We all need to unite and punish Governments that seek to unjustly restrict us and our sport.

SSAA Sydney is leading the way for change within the Association and we will make it clear that those within who don’t support the change, need to listen to what their members want! it is good to note that this is catching on as I have received calls, from other leaders and committees across Australia who share our vision and want to work with us move the Association forward.

It is a shame that again I have to advise that ANZAC Rifle Range is the subject of a Political agenda. This time it is Matt Thistlethwaite, who is attempting to again, try to make the headland a National Park and lock out the shooters by questioning the terms of the lease. We need your help to get the message across. If every one of our 32,000 members sent Mr Thistlethwaite a letter and made a phone call, it would carry weight to our lobbying effort telling him ‘hands off’ our range!

I ask all Sydney members to write a letter and phone Mr Thistlethwaite’s office to tell them that we won’t stand for another attack on our sport. Some points to raise:

-          ANZAC Rifle Range has been a Rifle Range since the mid 1800’s.

-          Many servicemen trained there before going to wars which they never returned from.

-          The site has significant historical value as a Rifle Range.

-          There are already several National Parks in the area, but no other shooting facilities.

-          The Rifle Range has been there long before the residents of the area.

Matt Thistlethweight MP
PO Box 895, Maroubra NSW 2035
Phone: (02) 9349 6007
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Enough is enough - We all need to unite and work together to ensure we protect our sport!


James Walsh

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