Shooting in NSW NPs

To: Stephen Ambrose <>
Subject: Shooting in NSW NPs
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:57:34 +1100

Sorry, body armour is prohibited under NSW law. There are provisions for 
special permits for security industry and media organisations ( eg for close 
security personnel and reporters working in locations in which they are likely 
to come under fire, e.g. Afghanistan) for a person who is just doing surveys in 
NPs, you would have two chances, and one of them is Buckley's. The police are 
just as twitchy about body armour as silencers. If you were to be caught with 
it, you are likely to get three hots and a cot.

You can look up the relevant info at

Oh, and I think HMC would give you the same reception as the police if you were 
to try to get an import permit.

Carl Clifford

On 26/02/2013, at 11:43, "Stephen Ambrose" <> wrote:

> I do regular bird survey work in NSW national parks and nature reserves.
> Hunting will be allowed in many of the reserves where those surveys are
> conducted.  Therefore, I have looked into the possibility of purchasing a
> bullet-proof vest and helmet to wear as a precaution against injury or death
> from a stray bullet.  My understanding is that parks and reserves will be
> closed to the public when there is a government-sanctioned hunting
> expedition.  But there is always the risk of other hunter(s) shooting
> wildlife in those areas illegally at other times. Hence the precaution I'm
> taking.
> If you buy bullet-proof clothing from overseas you need to apply for
> permission from Australian Customs to import them.  The relevant application
> form is "Application for Permission to Import Schedule 3 and 13 Weapons"
> (which includes bullet-proof clothing), and which can be downloaded from the
> Australian Customs website
> I may have over-reacted to this situation, but it's better to be safe than
> sorry.
> Dr Stephen Ambrose
> Ambrose Ecological Services Pty Ltd
> Ryde, NSW
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