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Shooters Union SA President stands for State Election

Shooters Union South Australia president Peter Heggie had a tilt at a House of Assembly Seat in the state’s election on March 19.

Peter ran as a One Nation candidate in the seat of Kaurna and although unsuccessful in unseating the incumbent Labor MP, has definitely sent a message that shooters are tired of being disrespected and aren’t afraid to make their unhappiness known at the ballot box.

Indeed, the ABC election analysis indicates that, at time of writing, there was a 9.3% swing away from the LNP candidate and an 8.3% swing towards Peter, and the Labor candidate’s margin was reduced from 16% to 5.9%.

While it didn’t get a shooter into the House of Assembly, Peter has certainly sent a message to political parties that we’ve collectively had enough of either being abused or ignored, and it’s time to start paying real attention to our needs.

Shooters Union Ministerial email generator now active

With licence application/renewal and PTA processing times blowing out spectacularly in some places (notably Queensland), and firearms licensing branches in other states being increasingly hard to contact or opaque in their responses, we have found that escalating issues to the state Police Minister can be an effective way of getting a resolution.

We are pleased to now roll out our Ministerial Email Generator nation-wide. It allows you to compose an email to your State/Territory police minister – and you can find it here!

Please complete the form as if you were writing the letter to the minister yourself (especially the comments field) as this will be mail merged into the ministerial template for your convenience.

Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email with the templated Ministerial, please proofread and make any amendments necessary.  Then send your email to:

We’d love a copy for our records, so please CC legal@shootersunion.com.au too!

Shooters Union South Australia Eases Burden for Pistol Shooters

After some extremely productive and supportive conversations with South Australia Police, Shooters Union South Australia can confirm that handgun participation requirements for the 2022 year have been waived until June, with a further review taking place then to see if it needs to be extended.

We’d like to thank SAPOL for their willingness to work with us on this issue in a cooperative and collaborative way – it’s further proof there can be positive outcomes all round when both parties approach the issue in good faith and understanding.

Suspension of Mandatory Attendances In South Australia

SA State Shooters Union President Peter Heggie has been lobbying hard to get mandatory participation suspended in SA due to Covid and ammo shortages. We are pleased to be able to announce that SAPOL have now agreed to a suspension of the requirement from 1 st January 2022 – 30 th June 2022.

While the main reason for the suspension is Covid, the fact the sky does not fall in will also demonstrate that mandatory attendances serve no purpose and should be dropped permanently nationwide.

Shooters Union expands into South Australia

WE are delighted to announce we have an official presence in South Australia now, with Peter Heggie – proprietor of The Gunnery firearms dealership and shooting range in Adelaide – coming on board as our official South Australian representative.

Peter is passionate about standing up for shooters and making sure they are properly represented and looked after – both as individuals and when coming to The Gunnery.

“We actually care about shooters, we care about it and we want to make sure as shooters as a whole are looked after – and currently they’re not, but that is changing now,” he said.

“I want to achieve fairness for shooters, and to give South Australian shooters an alternative that is transparent and not working behind closed doors.”

His first order of business is to increase the number of SU members in South Australia, giving shooters a louder voice in the state – and encouraging more people to see the benefits and enjoyment shooting offers.
“We’re very proactive with new shooters – want to help them get into shooting,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get started and help make Shooters Union an even stronger positive force for shooters in South Australia.”

Shooters Union Australia president Graham Park welcomed Peter to the organisation, saying he was an ideal person to represent Australia’s leading pro-shooting organisation in the Festival State.

“Peter is passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable and has been part of the South Australian shooting community for many years,” he said.
“He believes in a fair go for shooters and making sure their voices are heard. “We are delighted to have him on board with us and are very excited about some of things in the pipeline.”

Shooters Union Australia now has local representatives ‘on the ground’ in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

Shooters Union South Australia can be reached by e-mail at: sa@shootersunion.com.au