The Shooting Industry Foundation Australia (SIFA) has launched a new website that it says will be a resource for the industry as well as a source of news, media and research.
“As we continue to grow and evolve as a peak body for the shooting industry in Australia, we have focused on designing this site to be used by industry as an information resource, and to better highlight the issues we are facing,” James Walsh, SIFA’s executive officer, said.
“Our new website features clear and concise information on who SIFA is and what we stand for, as well as relevant industry information and a searchable library of Australian shooting industry research that also contains SIFA publications and consultation papers.”
SIFA stands separately from the national and state-based dealers’ associations as well as from organisations like the SSAA and Shooters Union who represent shooters.
It was formed by a handful of the major distributors to represent importers and has been expanding its operations and influence since.
Much of its work has involved lobbying and advising senior government officials and politicians about issues related to firearms law, importation and so on.
Most recently, it has been the major player in trying to resolve the serious debacle that has hobbled the freight of firearms since TNT abandoned the gun industry.
SIFA has this week highlighted crime statistics that led it to “question what evidence-based justification exists in NSW to continue with the seemingly constant increases to regulatory burden for NSW firearm dealers and firearm license holders”.
“SIFA is a firm believer in using evidence to not only inform policy development, but also to evaluate if the regulations currently in place are achieving the desired outcomes,” Walsh said.
The SIFA website is https://sifa.net.au.