President's Despatch

August-September 2020

Welcome Members,

                As we move into the month of August, Victoria is deep in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic. With transmission of the virus predominantly occurring through social interaction, I urge everyone to take appropriate measures to protect themselves.

                American firearms giant Remington Arms has filed for bankruptcy. The iconic company, well known to hunters and sporting shooters alike has been claimed to be drowning in debt brought on in part by various forms of litigation. With a class action that lead to the replacement of firing mechanism’s on millions of firearms to lawsuits filed by family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Remington has been haemorrhaging money for over a decade. There is some slim hope that a buyer for the company will be found. Hopefully this eventuates, it would be sad to the Remington name disappear.

                Back on home soil the National Shooting Council is still embroiled in a legal battle with Victoria Police over the closure of gun shops in the first wave of Covid related shutdowns. This promises to be a long battle and the NSC is doing a stellar job of keeping those who hold us to account accountable themselves. The NSC is also working hard to thwart attempts by WA government to reclassify a total of 7 firearms based on a flimsy pretence of “military appearance”. This reclassification has ramifications for many firearms owners who legally purchased firearms that fall afoul of this gun grab. The logic behind the “military appearance” ruling continues to mystify me. As firearms are required to be kept covered when being transported from A to B and are only seen when in the company of likeminded individuals then what’s the point?

                With the current restrictions Society meetings are on hold till further notice. It is disappointing not to be able to catch up with our many friends and swap stories. Hopefully in the not too distant future we may return to some semblance of normalcy and catch up with each other. Till then, take the time to revisit your collection and reflect on what started you on the collector’s journey.

Yours in collecting