Eurobodalla residents may think of Huntfest as a local event, but it actually links Narooma to the ever-growing financial and political interests of powerful national and international gun lobbyists.
Huntfest is now advertised as the “SSAA NSW Huntfest”, showing how the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia has taken charge of the event and its publicity.
The SSAA also has strong links to the National Rifle Association (NRA), which wields enormous political power in the United States.
In a media release in August, the SSAA said:
As the firearms amnesty continues, our counterparts at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) have put together a piece on Australia’s “gun turn-in”, reiterating our claims that criminals do not hand in their illicit wares. The NRA-ILA also credited the SSAA for securing the ability to register or sell firearms as part of the amnesty, in turn saving many firearms from the scrap heap.
On 20 October the NSW Police Department released the findings from the recent gun amnesty, which show the influence of the SSAA (and the NRA) in the outcomes of this amnesty.
‘Nearly 10,000 firearms and firearm-related items – including 602 handguns and 1575 shotguns – have been surrendered to police and dealers in NSW as part of the National Firearms Amnesty. The three-month campaign, which ran from 1 July to 30 September 2017 also, saw 13,729 firearms handed in for registration and 2101 acquired by dealers.
Therefore there are 15,830 firearms in circulation now, that theoretically, should have been destroyed through the gun amnesty, thanks to the influence of the SSAA.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald (07/10/2017) in 2015, the SSAA in NSW reported an income of $2.4 million, with assets of $7.2 million.
The SSAA has used some of that wealth to support the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party at state and federal elections. The party now holds three NSW Parliamentary seats, including two in the Upper House, which has given it significant leverage over the State Government.
These are the people who run Narooma’s annual arms fair.
Do we want them on our Nature Coast? Media Release by SAFE Stop Arms Fairs in Eurobodalla Inc. (SAFE) is a group of concerned citizensalarmed about the proliferation of arms in Australia.