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Letter from SGC Member

Dear Mr Hoh,

Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) will not respond to your complaint. SSA only deals with club representatives in SSA.

It is regrettable that you are an Singapore Gun Club (SGC) member. I will respond on behalf of SGC.

The President of SGC sent a detailed account of the situation in the National Shooting Centre (NSC) to all SGC members. I find it strange that only you are ignorant. I would also ask you to get your facts straight when you refer to our Nation’s Security as an inter club squabble.

First, a Police investigation is ongoing  and I cannot elaborate on what is transpiring. The range will remain closed until the Police investigations are concluded.

Second, Singapore Rifle Association (SRA) ‘licensing issue’ has been escalated to one of “National Security”. Expect the range to remain closed for some time. I would be surprised if charges are not laid. It might be more appropriate to address your complaint to SRA.

Third, the State funded the construction of the NSC to train and select Singapore’s National Team for ISSF competitions. The members of the National Training Team are unaffected by this closure.

The SSA is funded for ISSF shooting activities. I assure you that under the SSA, all ISSF shooting activities are unaffected

In the NSC, the interests of Singapore’s National Team are paramount. All non ISSF activities are secondary to those of the National Team’s.

Being an SGC member does not give you any rights to conduct your business in SGC ranges. I presume the SSA will respond similarly.

You might want to save your complaints till after the range opens.

Regards,

Michael Vaz
President

 

Dear Mr. Michael Vaz, Mr. Tang Kee Kong and Mr. Eng Fook Hoong,

RE: Continued Closure of the National Shooting Centre,SGC & SRA

Please register this as a formal personal complaint that legal shooters and coaches are losing our training time and income due to circumstances out of our control.

Since early February I have personally turned away lessons from SGC and SRA members and also members of the public who are seeking to become members of the shooting fraternity here. I have also been unable to train for legitimate International FITASC sporting & compak events that I registered for before these closures. Moreover the decision to further not allow legally held and licensed arms to travel for legitimate competition is extremely disappointing (March FITASC in South Africa). 

It is also unacceptable that a range complex the size of the NSC be shut for this length losing revenue and credibility with everyday that passes. Ranges stand empty, while squabbles between the clubs and the SSA have led to a situation that threatens the survival of the shooting sports for the club shooter in Singapore. I have completely lost confidence in the management of the clubs, the SSA and Sport Singapore.

How is this extended closure supposed to be pro-sport? Both the clubs have not sent members any information beyond early letters and the SSA and Sport Singapore is completely quiet on the subject.There has not even been any formal information or explanation disseminated beyond hearsay and innuendo.

Moreover who will be liable for damage to our guns as they sit locked in armories without regular maintenance? Being the tropics our guns will rust in the humid environment, at least we must be allowed to be escorted in to maintain them?

Most importantly the issues must be resolved soon, we must be allowed to train, travel and compete. Shooting is not just about ISSF athletes, national teams and gold medals. Without a vibrant club scene Shooting as a sport is all but finished in our nation. I hope the various committees are working hard to resolve this situation quickly and without further loss of privileges for ordinary club members.  However, with the years of squabbling that have been the recent history of Singapore shooting, I am not confident any of the current leadership’s abilities to resolve these fractious issues.

Why are we being denied access to our sporting arms, the training facility and our sport when we were abiding by all rules? When will the ranges and clubs reopen? I would even settle for an estimate as there are overseas competitions that I would like to attend to pursue my sport, but am denied even the ability to plan ahead.

Looking forward to your reply,

please note: I have sent this email to the various club secretaries and the NSC GM email addresses to follow the correct protocol for lodging of a formal complaint. 

Thank you,

Yours Sincerely,

 Guy Hoh
Director/chief Instructor
+6597953167
guy@singaporesportshooting.com
Blaze Sporting Clays Singapore
www.singaporesportshooting.com
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By |5th April, 2016|Announcements|0 Comments

President Message to Members

To members of the SINGAPORE GUN CLUB (SGC)

Fellow Members,

It’s been a month since the National Shooting Centre (NSC) was closed by Sport Singapore. The SGC management and your representatives in the Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) are doing all they can to assist SportSG in its efforts to re-open the NSC. A Police investigation is ongoing so information is limited. I will present only what is known to us as they relate to SGC and SSA.

It is important to note thatwhen the NSC was closed on February 6th;

  1. The SGC armoury was fully compliant with Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD)‘s latest security requirements.
  2. All firearms in SGC’s armoury were fully accounted for.
  3. The Singapore Rifle Association (SRA)‘s armoury was NOT compliant. SRA had not installed a new vault door meeting new PLRD requirements nor had it installed an issuing window as PLRD had mandated.

 

The events surrounding the closure of the National Shooting Centre are as follows:

Tuesday February 2nd     PLRD conducted an inspection/audit of SRA and SGC Armouries. After the inspection, PLRD sealed both armouries.

Thursday February 4th    PLRD returned with a large force and confiscated 75 firearms from SRA armoury and 2 firearms from SGC armoury.

In SGC’s case, one shotgun belonged to an ex-SAFRA member who had not paid the license fee and the gun was deemed  ‘unlicensed’. The other belonged to an SGC member whose license fee was unpaid and was also deemed unlicensed. PLRD  was aware of the SAFRA member’s shotgun and we have email correspondences from PLRD to SAFRA and SGC instructing  SGC to hang on to the firearms.  PLRD chose to confiscate both firearms.

Saturday February 6th     An emergency meeting was called by the CEO of Sport Singapore in SportSG office at 10.00am. I rushed back from Australia  when I learned of the confiscation and attended the meeting with SGC Hon Secretary, Mr Tang Kee Kong.
Attendees were SportSG , SSA, SGC and PLRD. SRA was invited but did not attend.

At the meeting, CEO informed SSA that Sport Singapore was revoking the SSA-SportSG Lease and taking control of the NSC at 1.00pm on Saturday, the NSC was closed indefinitely. The range would be open to the National Team the following week.

Only National Team members would be allowed to enter the NSC. SGC was allowed to operate the upstairs armoury for the National Team.

Wednesday Feb. 10th      The Police investigation/audit continued and SGC was cleared in the late afternoon.

Friday February 12th       PLRD cancelled SRA and SGC Armoury Licenses.  The armoury license for all three armouries in the NSC was issued to SSA.

SSA is now the sole license holder of all armouries in the NSC. SportSG appointed SSA as the manager of the NSC. Sport Singapore has been working with SSA to get the NSC re-opened.

NOTE: In Mid 2015, SSA Council voted to upgrade the NSC security system to meet the increasing security threats facing Singapore and the world. The plan required a central armoury system whereby all arms would be stored in the upstairs armoury whilst all ammunition would be stored in the basement armouries. SGC agreed to comply but SRA refused and a legal battle to stop SSA from implementing the Central Armoury system is ensuing in the courts. Singapore Law Watch – Shooting groups in legal dispute over armoury

I have reason to believe that this special audit was prompted by the circulation of photograph(s) showing SRA members brandishing assault rifles over social media (possibly SRA’s Facebook).

SportSG, MCCY and certain Minister(s) have directed that such weapons must not be permitted in The National Shooting Centre. SportSG will be issuing a policy ruling that will prohibit the use or storage of assault rifles(or lookalikes) in the NSC.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE STATEMENT (ST March 8th 2016)

“On Feb 2, the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD) conducted an arms audit at the Armouries of the SGC and SRA. Due to serious licensing irregularities, the police took possession of a number of arms. Police investigations are ongoing.”

The sheer magnitude of“licensing Irregularities” which previous annual audits by the PLRD did not detect, has prompted the Police to require the construction of new security fences, installation of metal detectors, and a gamut of security equipment which must be operational before the NSC will be allowed to re-open.

When the NSC re-opens, it will not be ‘business as usual’. Through no fault of our own, SGC members will to have to live with new policies, rules and procedures.

We will update you as soon as we have more information to share with you.

Michael Vaz
President
Singapore Gun Club

 

 

By |12th March, 2016|Announcements|0 Comments

Closure of National Shooting Centre

National Shooting Centre will be undergoing infrastructure works to enhance the security of the shooting ranges.

We regret to inform that Singapore Gun Club will be closed for operation till further notice.

 

 

By |25th September, 2015|Announcements|0 Comments