Shooters Union approved hunting club in NSW

Shooters Union gains NSW approval as a hunting club

Shooters Union is now an approved hunting club in NSW, meaning membership in that state now counts as a Genuine Reason to hold a licence for Cat A and B firearms. 

Shooters Union is also an Approved Hunting Organisation in NSW, which means membership allows you to obtain an R-licence to hunt in state forests, and comes on top of the $20 million public liability insure included with membership.  

This is a significant development for Shooters Union, which will now have a seat at the table when dealing with the NSW government on matters affecting law-abiding firearms users.

“We’ve certainly consulted with them in the past on matters, but that has often been from the perspective of a national organisation rather than an NSW-focussed one,” Shooters Union president Graham Park said. 

“It also means we can have a better handle on the issues affecting NSW shooters. We’re very aware of the major issues such as appearance laws, replica guns and the effective banning of gel blasters.”

He also cited concerns about the Firearms Registry’s pursuit of shooters who claim disability or DVA pension discounts on licence applications, as well as licence processing times for some applicants.

He credited Shooters Union NSW president Tony Gavan with doing “incredible work” to get this latest approval.

Shooters Union’s recognition in NSW is another step in the organisation’s expansion throughout Australia.

It has representatives in most states and is particular well established already in Queensland and South Australia. 

“We’ve got great things planned for NSW and we’re looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck into things right away,” Mr Park said.




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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.