Following an enquiry from one of our members, we responded as follows,
As you know the SSAA is at the forefront of providing its members with news and information regarding anything that might affect our sport.
In this case, we were pleased to provide early advice on the recommendation, made by the National Registration meeting, to the States and Territories.
We all know that lever-action shotguns have been around for years, however the possibly unfortunate decision by the importer to advertise a shotgun as ‘rapid fire’, lead to this recommendation on the classification of multi-shot shotguns.
Considering the hysteria promoted by certain sections of the firearm community regarding lever actions in general, some might suggest that this is a sensible result for all concerned.
If South Australia follows this recommendation, it should not prevent the possession and use of these firearms for competition or field use.
SSAA(SA) was not involved in this process as it was a national issue, however we will comment on any proposed SA decision that might be suggested by the Police Minister or SAPOL.
It has been suggested that this was a classification issue regarding new technology, how it might affect existing shotguns is still to be determined.
SSAA(SA) will be advocating that existing firearms be left where they are in Cat A and this proposed classification, if adopted, be restricted to new applications.
We will continue to support the interests of all shooters and oppose any restrictions not based on fact or common sense.