Become a member

The NSC has quickly become the most progressive and effective political organisation for Australian shooters.

We’ve done a lot for our members. We’ve exposed terrible political and regulatory practices through the media, helped shooters keep their licences and won legal actions that help all shooters.

The NSC now offers Genuine Reason for hunters in Queensland, New South Wales (R licence), the ACT and Victoria – which helps you to keep your licence.

That means we offer membership with two options.

Option 1 provides for Regular membership ($35 a year) or pensioner membership ($25 a year). Membership is a subscription that supports the work we do – plus you will get all of our email updates. Click here to join.

Option 2 is Option 1 with ‘genuine reason’ for hunting in Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria ($85 for regular membership, $75 for pensioners) – including $20m Public Liability insurance. On that page we also provide copies of the regulatory approvals for each of those states and insurance certificate of currency. Genuine reason is provided by the Hunters & Shooters Society of Australia. It is for hunting, and should not be confused with game licences. Click here to join.

If you are already a member of the NSC and would like to add Genuine Reason, then here’s what you can do:

  1. Email us at admin@nationalshooting.org.au for your discount code;
  2. Join using Option 2 (and the discount voucher). The net cost of getting genuine reason will be $50.

What happens next?

You will get instant confirmation of your membership with the NSC by email.

If you have selected Option 2, we will pass your information to the HSSA before the end of the week. As you will see on the page for Option 2, you will need to complete and send the “Deed of Assumption” to the HSSA for insurance purposes. Once received, the HSSA will send you a certificate of membership (which you will need to keep and produce to your local regulator) within 14 days. The NSC will then pay the HSSA for their costs.

The NSC will manage the renewal process. 

The NSC is not responsible for conduct or liabilities of the HSSA, nor is the HSSA responsible for the conduct or liabilities of the NSC

If you have any enquiries about this, please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between NSC Genuine Reason and my Victorian Game Hunting Licence?

Both the NSC membership and the Victorian Game Hunting Licence will provide you with a Genuine Reason to own category A and B Firearms. However, with your NSC membership funds will go towards fighting for better gun laws.

Additionally, you will automatically become a member of a NSW Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) and may be able to hold a NSW game hunting licence, for further hunting opportunities.

A portion of your fees will go towards your $20 million-dollar public liability insurance cover, assist us in obtaining genuine reasons in other states as well as build on the genuine reasons categories and types in Victoria.

How is the NSC a genuine reason in NSW (and ACT)?

Your membership with the NSC meets the Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) requirements for you to apply for a Restricted Game Licence in NSW. You must have a valid AHO membership to maintain your NSW Restricted Game Licence.

However, it is your NSW Restricted Game Licence which is your genuine reason in conjunction with your NSC membership.

The ACT Registry advises that it recognises the NSW R licence as satisfying recreational hunting as genuine reason in that territory.

Will I get a NSC membership card?

At this point in time we do not issue membership cards. Once your membership is confirmed and HSSA receives your deed of assumption of risk you will receive an electronic HSSA membership certificate. This certificate will meet the legal requirements to prove your genuine reason to own firearms.

Do you offer Firearms Insurance?

At this stage we can not offer firearm insurance.