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Leading Sports Shooting Body
The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) was incorporated as a public company on October 1, 1973. We exist to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners' interests.
With more than 36,000 members, SSAA Victoria is a leading body representing licensed firearm owners in Victoria. SSAA Victoria has more than a dozen branches and more than 30 sub-clubs and disciplines within the organisation.
SSAA Victoria News
Still time for Snake Island ballot
SSAA members still have time to enter the Snake Island Hog Deer Ballot. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, in August announced that the island would be opened for balloted Hog deer hunting during a two-year trial. The trial, commencing February 2017, will run alongside the established Hog deer ballots at Blond Bay State Game Reserve and Boole Poole Peninsula.
Snake Island will open for seven hunts between February and May 2017, with a maximum of eight hunters on each. The hunts will be confined to weekdays, excluding public holidays and the Easter break. Fifty-six people will get the opportunity to hunt deer on Snake Island during the first year of the trial.
The ballot is open to all valid Game Licence-holders until November 30 for a non-refundable $15 fee per person. Juniors are also eligible to enter and, if successful, they will need to be accompanied by an appropriately licensed adult/guardian who will not participate in the hunt.
Any hunters wishing to apply for the ballot must be aware of the following:
- The Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Committee, which is administering the ballot, will only accept one application per hunter.
- The hunters will be responsible for taking all equipment, food and water on and off the island.
- Camping is permitted on the island.
- No motorised vehicles are allowed on the island.
- Push bikes and hand carts are permitted on the island and there is an extensive track system on the island.
- All hunts are non-transferable.
- Balloted hunters must hunt during their allocated period.
- Anyone who is unable to hunt during their allocated period will be replaced by a reserve hunter.
- The number of animals and the sex of the animals that can be harvested is specified by the Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Committee.
- Hunters must present their animals to a checking station for validation within a certain amount of time. These conditions are listed on the Game Management Authority website.
- The hunts will be overseen and regulated by the Game Management Authority, Victoria Police, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
- Registration and payment must be received by the close of business on November 30 for a ballot entry to be considered.
Snake Island can only be accessed by boat. Due to the complexities of getting to the island, the committee has encouraged hunters to review their transport before applying for the ballot.
The ballot will be drawn at the Upper Goulburn Branch of the Australian Deer Association on December 10 and successful hunters will be notified via mail.
SSAA Victoria has been actively campaigning for hunting on Snake Island for many years and it welcomes the trial. The Association encourages its members with the appropriate licences to participate in the ballot. For more information visit the Game Management Authority
Grant works kick-off at Springvale
Stage one of renovation works – funded through Shooting Sports Facilities Program grants and SSAA Victoria money – will get under way at Springvale Range on Monday.
While the main public range will be unaffected, ranges three, four and five will close from Monday, November 21 to Saturday, December 11 for the works.
During this period a team of tradesmen will build a new wall between ranges three and four and install new backing plates on both ranges. Range five will be closed to allow the tradesmen to store materials and access ranges three and four without interrupting main range users.
The closure will affect sub-clubs that shoot on ranges three, four and five, therefore members should contact their clubs for alternative shooting arrangements.
SSAA Victoria encourages all members to continue using the other ranges during this period and looks forward to unveiling the new-look ranges later in the year.
Like any construction project, the completion date is dependent on weather.
Carbine kits banned on SSAA Victoria ranges
The use of carbine kits is not permitted on SSAA Victoria ranges, following a recent decision by the state’s Board of Directors.
Handgun ownership is permitted in Victoria solely for the purpose of competition shooting and practice for approved competitions.
According to the Victorian Firearms Act 1996 (Section 16, 2.a.), “the holder must not participate in target shooting for any purpose other than the purpose of preparing for and competing in approved handgun target shooting matches”.
No SSAA-approved discipline or Licensing and Regulation Division-approved competition allows the use of carbine kits, which has always been the case. Therefore any members who have been endorsed by SSAA clubs as their principal clubs would be breaching their licence conditions, and therefore breaking the law, if found to be using carbine kits.
Victorian Amateur Pistol Association, the largest pistol organisation in the state, providing affiliation for 70 clubs, recently banned the kits. With no approved competitions involving carbine kits, both SSAA Victoria and VAPA have made the responsible decision to ban the use of them on their ranges.
The decision was made following consultation with LRD – which certifies ranges – and advice from VAPA. The Board took into account its responsibility to protect members from unknowingly breaching the law and its insurance obligations.
Illegal imports charge in Mildura
A Mildura man has been charged with illegally importing handgun parts in the mail. Thirty-four-year-old Hanh Truong was charged after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers intercepted seven packages addressed to him between November 6 and November 9.
X-rays at Australia Post revealed the packages from the US and Hong Kong, which were labelled toys or model parts, actually contained firearm parts and handgun frames, according to ABF.
Authorities allegedly found a number of handgun parts at his home during a raid on Wednesday. They charged him with eight counts of importing and possessing handgun parts illegally.
Hanh Truong's, and several other recent cases, confirm criminals are getting their guns from illegal imports – not from lawful firearm owners.
At last year’s Senate Inquiry into The ability of law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence, the now-called ABF said it was impossible to know how many firearms had been illegally smuggled into the country.
The ABF told the Senate Inquiry that it found 1737 undeclared firearms, parts or accessories in 2013-14. Considering the agency only inspects 4 or 5 per cent of all shipments, we must assume that between 34,740 and 43,425 firearms, parts and accessories are entering the country illegally each year.
If convicted, Hanh faces up to 10 years in jail.