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Captain Sommervllle recently issued a circular to the Council of tho Rifle Association inviting an expression ef opinion on the question whether members of rlflo clubs should be allowed all the privileges of volunteers, and especially as to their competing for the champion belt. Captain Collins, treasurer of the Association, and Volunteer Ballinger, local representatives on the Council, called a meeting at Wellington for Saturday, at which the whole matter was fully discussed. The feeling was that every inducement should be given to members of rifle clubs to join the Association, but that they should be debarred from winning the belt, which should be purely a volunteer matter. The following resolution, submitted by Captain Collins, was carried, with only one dissentient:—" That members of rifle clubs throughout the colony shall be allowed to compete in all matches on the programme except the grand aggregates champion match.” A resolution to allow former members of the Association who became a member of any rifle club to compete with fall privileges was lost, as was also the proposition allowing rifle clubs to compete in team matches. The meeting made several suggestions for tho consideration of tho Council—the retention of the final stage match in the programme, the use of tho Martini rifle at the uext meeting, and that members of the Permanent Force be allowed to compete on tho same footing as rifle clubs being the most important proposed. The date fixed for the meeting gave general satisfaction.

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NEW ZEALAND RIFLE ASSOCIATION., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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