90 new shooters a week

The SSAA has shed light on the increasing popularity of shooting by revealing its NSW branch alone is training and testing almost 100 new shooters a week.

Sporting Shooters Association of Australia NSW Safe Shooting Instructors conducted 4360 firearms safety tests throughout the state in 2012, according to SSAA NSW executive director Diana Melham.

The organisation is the largest single body doing the training, and accounts for the lion’s share of new trainees.

Ms Melham said that the association had almost 200 Safe Shooting Instructors around the state teaching participants the safe and responsible way to handle and use firearms.

“We are committed to promoting firearm safety throughout the state.”

Anyone applying for a NSW firearms licence must sit a Firearms Safety Test approved by the NSW Firearms Registry, consisting of theoretical and practical components.

“These figures show that 90 people every week are learning the importance of firearm safety from a SSAA NSW Safe Shooting Instructor,” Mr Melham said.

“The popularity of the shooting sports is at record levels.”

Ms Melham said that SSAA NSW had set ambitious membership goals of reaching 50,000 by the end of 2013 and 60,000 by the end of 2014.

“And with more than 47,000 current members, SSAA NSW is well on the way to reaching these lofty goals,” Ms Melham added.

“Shooting is one of the safest sports that you can get involved in, with a safety record that few other sports can match.”

Anyone interested in sitting the Firearms Safety Test should visit the SSAA NSW website at www.ssaansw.org.au.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.