Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia represents the interests of business in defence, law enforcement and civil markets. SIFA’s spokeswoman is Laura Patterson and you can call her anytime on 0408 296 521.

In the aftermath of the Christchurch atrocity, the Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia has been approached by many people asking questions about who we are and what we stand for.

Following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: Should Australia make changes to our gun laws after the Christchurch Atrocity?

We should not reverse into purpose here. Australia has spent two decades constantly crafting firearms regulations with the objective to balance the genuine needs of firearms owners with the expectation of community safety.

We must not allow the large body of careful and considered work of firearms experts to be undermined by a small opportunistic few.

Q: Why are SIFA’s views even relevant?

The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia holds unique material content knowledge in this space.

That means we have real clarity about how to improve firearms management systems all the way from importation to retail distribution and beyond.

The whole firearm life cycle. This space deserves to have experts in it.

Q: What experience has SIFA had in this space?

SIFA has consistently called for an ongoing national firearms amnesty and the introduction of the firearms interface promised in the NFA 1996 and 2017.

SIFA has never, and will never, support changes that jeopardise community safety in any way.

We do not support watering down firearms laws, and we do not support introducing new laws that make it harder for police to manage the legal firearms market.

Q: What can SIFA tell us that we don’t already know?

With daily contact at federal and state government, law enforcement and distribution touchpoints, SIFA knows where the real gap in Australian Firearms Management is.

We think that police should have real time access to decision critical firearms data to respond to and prevent acts of violence.

We think police should be resourced to focus on criminal and illegal firearms activity.

Q: What is SIFA saying that others are not?

SIFA is the only voice in Australia that speaks the sober truth for our industry in a time of sombre reflection for our community.