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The SSAA - what we do.

T he Sporting Shooters Association was established in 1948 in order to promote the shooting sports and protect firearms owners' interests.
Those roles remain the same today and with more than 135,000 members the SSAA is the premier body representing licensed firearms owners in Australia.

Australian Shooter - Australian Shooters Journal - Hunter
The SSAA produces a range of national publications, including Australian Shooter magazine, the Australian Shooters Journal, Hunter, and Australian & New Zealand Hand Gun. Australian Shooter has an audited monthly distribution figure in excess of 98,000 copies.

United Nations
The SSAA has official Non-Government Organisation status within the United Nations. In June 2002 the Association sponsored a workshop in Naples, Italy, which focused on global standards for firearm imports and exports. The Federal Attorney-General's department took up an invitation to attend the meeting.

Special Projects
The SSAA's Special Projects section, located in Canberra, is directed by Mr Gary Fleetwood. Formally the Officer in Charge of the Central Firearms Registry in Papua New Guinea, Mr Fleetwood was a senior non-commissioned officer with the South Australian Police Department's Special Tasks and Rescue Division Special Weapons Section. He has been involved in the firearms industry for more than 40 years through his family's Adelaide based business.

Research and Policy Development
The SSAA's research department is responsible for gathering data from a range of sources, providing material for publication in the Australian Shooter and coordinating various research projects and initiatives. Additionally, the section supplies information to individual SSAA Members, State Branches, academic departments, the media, community groups and Government.

Conservation and Pest Management
SSAA has won national recognition for its participation in the control of feral pests in both national parks and on pastoral lands throughout Australia. The SSAA has recently purchased two large tracts of land with a view to preserving a number of endangered species.

Youth Development and Gun Safety Education
The SSAA conducts regular safety seminars and practical instruction on firearm safety. The Association works closely with the firearm industry in the promotion of responsible firearms handling among Junior shooters across Australia.

The SSAA manages more than a dozen handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting disciplines at the Local, State, National and International level.

The SSAA provides all general insurance for the majority of major shooting organisations within Australia.

Industry Liaison
The SSAA is closely involved with the firearms industry, both at a national and international level. In conjunction with manufacturers and dealers, in 1999 the Association sponsored an international workshop that focused on the marking and identification of firearms for the international law enforcement community. The FBI, Interpol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were present. The SSAA has also worked closely with the National Firearms Dealers and Traders Council and the office of the Minister for Justice and Customs in the formulation of workable import regulations.

SSAA Website - http://www.ssaaqld.org.au/
Through its website and daily email 'Alert' updates, the SSAA makes extensive use of the internet to keep members and supporters informed of legislative developments, media reports and general matters of interest. The Association is also in regular contact with firearm dealers across Australia.

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