On September 1st 2018 at an Extraordinary General Meeting, the Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) voted to revoke the resolution to expel Singapore Rifle Association (SRA) made on December 10th 2016 for the larger good of the shooting fraternity and for SSA to better focus its ambitions towards the success in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
In its deliberation to revoke the decision to expel SRA as an Ordinary Member, SSA felt that the loss of shooting privileges in the National Shooting Centre (NSC) and ownership of their firearms was too heavy a price for SRA members to bear as the dispute was between the managements of SSA and SRA, and not between SSA and SRA members. Further, SSA, when making its decision, considered the fact that some SRA members are also members of the Singapore Gun Club (SGC), Sporting Shooters’ Federation (SSF) and SAFRA which are constituent members of SSA and whose representatives sit on the SSA Council.
Upon SRA’s payment of SSA’s membership subscription fee for the year 2018, SRA and its’ members will be accorded the rights and privileges of a SSA Ordinary member, in accordance with the SSA Constitution.
This statement is to explain the reasons behind the above latest development.
Members will recall that Sport Singapore (SportSG) revoked the lease of the NSC on February 6th 2016 and closed the NSC indefinitely thereafter. The reasons for SportSG taking this drastic action are explained in the minutes of the meeting held on the same day i.e. February 6th 2016 at the Sport Singapore Board Room:
“4. While Mr Lim (MR Lim Teck Yin, CEO Sport Singapore) acknowledged that while there were challenges trying to implement the enhanced security measures, including the matter that has been referred to the High Court, Sport Singapore could not allow the impasse between SSA and SRA to delay carrying out the necessary actions because of the security risk.
5. Mr Lim announced that Sport Singapore would be terminating the lease for the NSC with immediate effect on the grounds of infringement of the leasing clauses. In the interim, SSA would be appointed as Sport Singapore’s manager of the facility under limited conditions.”
Subsequently, on December 10th 2016 at an Extraordinary Meeting, SSA expelled SRA as a member because, amongst other things, it was of the view that SRA (a) had constructed illegal structures in the NSC without approvals and permits, (b) failed to comply with SSA resolutions dealing with security matters and because of the lawsuits filed by SRA against SSA and its elected officials.
Due to the new Police Licensing Regulations for Arms, the NSC is among the best and most secured shooting ranges in the world.
Under the new Licensing Regulations, all sport shooting activities (excluding air guns) would be restricted to the NSC. All firearms-related license applications would require SSA’s endorsement. SSA’s endorsements are only extended to members of SSA’s constituent clubs. Further, the Armoury Licence issued to SSA requires all unlicensed guns to be surrendered to the Police or be removed from the NSC. /-