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The 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 180,000 members, the S.S.A.A. is the premier body representing licensed firearms owners in Australia.
The S.S.A.A. 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 115,000 copies.
Conservation and Wildlife Management
S.S.A.A. has won national recognition for its participation in the control of feral pests in both national parks and on pastoral lands throughout Australia. The S.S.A.A. has recently purchased two large tracts of land with a view to preserving a number of endangered species.
The S.S.A.A. 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.
Research and Development
The S.S.A.A.'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 S.S.A.A. Members, State Branches, academic departments, the media, community groups and Government.
Youth Development and Gun Safety Development
The S.S.A.A. 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 S.S.A.A. 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 S.S.A.A. 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.