How an anti failed gun safety 101

Oh, please let it be Philip Alpers.

Well, actually, yes, it is.

Who is Philip Alpers?

Philip Alpers

Alpers is well known in shooting circles, for the wrong reasons.

He is the founding director of, which is hosted by the University of Sydney.  He is an Associate Professor, which is a title you can obtain without having a proper academic record. has quoted Sydney University as advising that

Mr Alpers is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Public Health who was appointed on 14 December 2004.  Mr Alpers is not a university graduate, as would normally be required by the Faculty of Medicine’s policy on adjunct titles.”

He has also previously been involved with “GunSafe” in New Zealand, and someone the media takes as an expert on gun safety and gun policy – even though he lacks what we believe are any qualifications or experience which come close to being relevant.

You can read more about Alpers at SSAA’s website by clicking here and on Firearms Owners United’s website by clicking here.

A danger on the range

A few years ago, we heard a story about how Alpers had some sort of problem when being shown how to use a rifle at a shooting range in New Zealand.

After seeing the recent SSAA post on Alpers (mentioned above) a few days ago, we thought we’d see if we could find more about this little known event.

Thanks to SSANZ, we found a letter from a range officer written in ’98, who was at a range that Alpers visited “a couple of years ago” – which would be around the peak of the gun debate after Port Arthur.

The letter speaks for itself and needs little further comment.

Oh, so it was the guns fault?

No.  Real gun safety experts – in fact, any shooter with any real experience – would say that.

A question for the University of Sydney

Sydney University claims that the facility it provides to helps advance and disseminate “global efforts to prevent gun injury”.

Yet Alper’s background, conduct, and lack of relevant experience and qualifications raises a serious question that the university needs to consider.  That question is, is it appropriate for a higher education institution to trust the opinion of a person whose experience in research is not clear, has little or no experience in the firearms industry and demonstrates inappropriate conduct in their claimed expertise?

They woudn’t accept that for someone practicing in medicine; they wouldn’t accept that for someone practicing law; so shouldn’t accept that for someone engaging in in serious policy debate.  Where is his coaching accreditation? What about range officer training? What about firearm knowledge?….

The university should disassociate itself from him and in find someone who has the right qualifications and experience and provide the credibility they need.

That can be found within our industry, even within the CFCV.

All they have to do is look for it.

  1. Firearms Council should ask University of Sydney if Alpers’funding would be better spent on research in relation to anti-cancer research.

  2. What a bumbling dangerous fool.

  3. I’ve always wondered about Alpers academic and shooting qualifications as he appeared to be a person with limited regard for facts and/or the truth.
    I’m glad to see that he is the charleton I assumed him to be. He is a disgrace to academia and should be relegated to a more menial position, or dismissed.

  4. University of Sydney might consider how this appointment reflects on their academic standing. In world ranking, University of Melbourne shows at 32, University of Sydney is 61.

  5. Alpers is a fraud and any media outlet printing the nonsense that comes out of his mouth is guilty of spreading fake news.

  6. Mr Alpers is obviously not qualified for his position. He also is not qualified to be a critic of any thing let alone gun safety, I have done this by accident on a pistol range and was ejected instantly. I did this when I was twelve and my father banned me from shooting the rest of the weekend. How can this man have any credibility with a university or bureaucracy?

  7. Mr Alpers was pinged by the Australian Institute of Criminology for fiddling his start and end dates in data selection to create a false impression that licensed shooters were the main part of gun crime and gun accidents.

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