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LATEST UPDATES FROM THE SHOOTERS UNION CAMPAIGNERS

Northern Territory Reverses A22R Reclassification

In a huge win for shooters, the NT News is reporting the Northern Territory Police Service has apparently agreed to reverse its recategorisation of the Savage A22R and Verney-Carron Speedline rifles. Late last year, the Acting NT Police Commissioner used his powers under the Territory’s Firearms Act to declare the guns were Category C and D respectively, effectively banning them. ...

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Shooters Union is establishing a legal fighting fund

One of the questions we get asked is: How come we’re not constantly fighting the State Governments in court every time they pass anti-gun laws? The simple answer is: Fighting Governments in court is really expensive, even if you win – and even more so if you don’t. However, it’s become increasingly apparent that there are cases where it’s a ...

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Queenslanders slam government for shifting legal goalposts

THE Queensland Government is coming under pressure from furious primary producers and shooters over allegations they ‘moved the goalposts’ to nullify a legal case result which had ruled against them. Queensland farmer James Ryder requires a firearm suppressor to mitigate hearing loss from controlling feral pests on his farm, and applied to the police Weapons Licensing Branch (WLB) for an ...

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Positive News from the NT

POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE NT WE have some good news to start 2020 off! As you may recall, late last year the Northern Territory Government unilaterally recategorised the Savage A22R lever-release .22 rifle from Category A to Category C, and recategorised the Verney-Carron Speedline lever-release centrefire rifles from Category B to Category D. This was done through a provision in ...

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Why the Virginia Demonstrations matter to Shooters in Australia

Media images of well over 20,000 protestors, many of them lawfully openly carrying firearms, on the steps of legislative assembly in the US state of Virginia have been getting extensive coverage online – and with good reason. The protest was held on January 20th, a day traditionally used for protesting proposed legislative matters in the state as it is a ...

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Writing Guide for NT Reclassification

As you may have heard, earlier this month the then-Acting NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy unilaterally declared that “all linear repeating firearms with assisted ejection, chambered for rim fire ammunition, to be category C firearms” and “all linear repeating firearms with assisted ejection, chambered for centrefire ammunition, to be category D firearms,” under section 8(1) of the Firearms Act 1997. ...

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Shooters Appalled by Secret Gun Reclassification

**MEDIA RELEASE** Giving the Northern Territory Police Commissioner the power to unilaterally reclassify sporting firearms on a whim is literally the stuff of a police state, says one of the country’s leading pro-shooting organisations. Then-Acting Police Commissioner Michael Murphy declared in the NT Government Gazette earlier this month that “linear repeating firearms with assisted ejection” were reclassified from categories A ...

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Shooters Union attend Parliamentary Friends of Shooting Re-Launch

SHOOTERS Union Australia vice president David Brown headed to Canberra a few weeks ago to attend the re-launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting group. The event, supported by our friends at SIFA, was also attended by the Australian Clay Target Association, Field and Game Australia, the SSAA, and, of course, Shooters Union Australia. The Parliamentary Friends of Shooting group ...

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Response to NT Acting Commission of Police

Acting Commissioner of Police Michael Murphy Northern Territory Police Via E-mail November 11, 2019 Dear Mr Murphy, I am writing to you as president of Shooters Union Australia on behalf of our members to seek clarification of a declaration you made on October 3, 2019 and Gazetted on November 6. In your Declaration, you declare that “declare all linear repeating ...

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