Practical Pistol

JSS CovID-19 Update No.4

Coronavirus Policies | Safety First for our Members

Dear Members,

The SSAA (WA) have released a communication regarding the re-opening of gun clubs across Western Australia. They have also covered other issues like Gun Shops and Firearm Applications. Click on the button to read the original memo, or check the summary below;

SSAA (WA) Updates & Recommendations

Below are the summarized points from the SSAA (WA) communications regarding CovID-19 guidelines. For the full memo, click the button above.

  1. Gun shops reopened: We respectfully observe that decisions are often made under duress and we will not always agree with those decisions, however it was very pleasing for the SSAA WA President Mr. Ron Bryant to be invited to meet with senior members of the WA Police in late April 2020 and receive confirmation that this decision was to be reversed effective the 6th May 2020.  
  2. Firearm Applications Reactivated: Further to our meeting with Senior Officers from WA Police Licensing Services-Firearms, we have seen the welcome news that a resolution to re activate all suspended firearm licence applications during the height of the COVID-19 crisis is now in effect. By now most applicants will have been contacted by WA Police Licensing Services- Firearms and we have been assured that all applicants will have received the refund component of their original application fee. WA Police Licensing Services- Firearms are now contacting all applicants and confirming with them if they would like to proceed with the original application. This process will not involve applicants having to reapply at Australia Post outlets or being financially penalised in the reapplication and we are extremely pleased to see this resolved.
  3. Clubs & Competitions: Commencing Monday 18 May 2020, the WA Governments Roadmap to Recovery Phase Two comes into effect. Indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to twenty people are allowed and people must maintain social distancing limits of four square metres per person. It is the recommendation of the SSAA WA that all clubs remain closed for competitions until the 31st May 2020 with the expectation that the WA State Government may progress quickly through a greater easing of restrictions as we move to Monday 18th May 2020 and beyond.

The SSAA WA is committed to working with all clubs to develop an action plan that will be required for the anticipated reopening of club competition very soon. To this end we are currently drafting a set of Health and Hygiene guidelines in conjunction with WA Health Department advice to ensure that as we move back into normal club activities, our Sporting Competitions can operate in the safest possible manner for the health of all members.

Kind regards,

Jarrahdale Sporting Shooters