The NSC has won another reclassification case.

This time in South Australia.

It follows similar wins in several other states that shows what can be achieved when bad regulatory decisions are challenged.

PAUL JELFS (picured left) is a shooter from the Fleurieu Peninsula area south of Adelaide. 

Last June, Paul was refused a permit for a Ruger PC Charger on the basis of appearance at the same time we were fighting reclassification of the gun in other states.

However the category had not changed at that time, meaning that the gun was still perfectly legal as a cat H, but SA Police were simply refusing to issue permits.

It was pretty obvious that the decision was without a legal basis, so we decided to help Paul with an appeal against the decision to the SA Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT). 

Hearings started in August.

Earlier case on its way to the Supreme Court

AT THE SAME TIME, the SSAA SA had been supporting another shooter with the same problem. 

That shooter also came to the NSC for help, but decided to stay with the SSAA’s legal team who slowed things down.

That meant that our case was lined up behind the SSAA’s which was dealt with at the SACAT.  SACAT ruled in the shooter’s favour which led SA Police to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court. 

However, faced with a ,second case (the one we filed), SA Police agreed to register that shooter’s gun, subject to a key modification that helped settle our WA cases. 

The modification was to cut the rear rail to prevent the ability to attach a rifle stock, which would have changed it’s category to C or D.

However some form of miscommunication between SSAA SA and the shooter followed which resulted in that shooter coming back to the NSC saying he was “not too happy” with the outcome. 

We’re not sure how this happened, but the result is that that matter hasn’t been settled, and is still ongoing.

Paul's case gets settled

Our communications with SA Police at the same time led to our own agreement to enable Paul to finally get the Ruger PC Charger registered in SA with the modification.

We’re not keen on any modifications, but getting the gun to the point where it can be registered for use as a handgun is, in our book, a win that is worth taking.

Paul’s now just waiting for new stock to arrive, in what is yet another victory for the NSC in the fight against reclassification.

7 thoughts on “SA: NSC wins another reclassification case

  1. Atton says:

    I am glad the NSC has gone to the mat in these cases. I think SSAA should get on the same page along with all other shooting organisations. Shooters United will never be defeated

  2. Mike Woods says:

    Awesome work again!
    Yep, the Australian Firearm Registration system is ‘bureaucracy constipated’ and you guys at NSC are bring ‘relief’ to the Australian Shooting/Firearm owners if you get my drift!
    Awesome work, Thanks!

  3. David Pickford says:

    The NSC has shown itself to be like a breath of fresh air for shooters rights. It’s been the only organisation that is willing and ready to take on governments, the police and others trying to remove firearms from the law abiding members of the public.

  4. Jonathan Laird says:

    Thank you NSC for your faithful advocacy for shooters. It’s great to see the law being used to preserve shooters rights

  5. Techie says:

    Gun laws in this country are utterly scumbaggy. Crims can get whatever they want since they spat on the law. Bikies are perfect example, so are the arabs in Sydney. And yet a normal person has to just through 10k hoops just to get a PISTOL. What a damn disgrace.

  6. William says:

    vote A1 backed Independents this election, the right to bare arms for self protection on their agenda

  7. Ces Barraza says:

    This is great work, especially in this country. It still disappointing how we need to mutilate the firearm before it’s considered “safe” or not scary.

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