LNP laws will target bikies and gun crime

Monday 12 October, 2020

The fatal shooting of a notorious gang boss at Pimpama shows that the bikies are back on the Gold Coast, the LNP said today.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today assured Gold Coast residents that she would re-introduce the LNP’s proven and effective bikie laws and launch a new crackdown on gun crime.

“Serious crime has surged since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Labor is failing to protect Queenslanders and are allowing organised and armed criminals to thrive.

“Labor’s soft laws have rolled out the red carpet to criminal bikie gangs.

“This cold-blooded killing is another reminder that the bikies have come back under Labor.

“Sadly, Queensland currently has some of the weakest gun crime laws in Australia under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Where there should be tough penalties and tight protections, there are weak punishments and glaring holes in Queensland laws.

“The surge in organised criminal gangs and bikie shootings warrant tougher measures to end gun violence in Queensland.

“Labor has failed to protect the community, but an LNP Government will take swift action to crack down on armed crime and bikie gangs.”

LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie, a former QPS officer, said the latest bikie violence had sent a shockwave through the Gold Coast.

“The bikies are operating without fear in Queensland,” Mr Purdie said.

“Only the LNP will stamp out bikie violence and crack down on the use of guns by criminals.”

The LNP introduced new laws into Parliament last year to deliver a new offence to cover drive by shootings, increase penalties for gun crime, and disrupt the manufacture of 3D-printed firearms – but Labor blocked the legislation (full details below).

The proposals will become law in Queensland if the LNP wins the October 31 state election.

The LNP’s proposed offences and penalty increases for gun crime

OffenceDescriptionNew or existing offenceCurrent penaltyProposed penalty
Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO)FPOs assist in mitigating gun crime and is targeted at high risk individuals (e.g. history of violence). The overriding objective of an FPO is to allow the Commissioner to make an FPO to prevent a high risk person from acquiring, possessing or using a firearm. There are numerous offences within the FPO framework.New offence framework n/aVaries for each offence. The most common FPO offence, “Prohibition on persons acquiring, possessing or using firearms, firearm parts or ammunition” carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment for firearm or firearm part or a 7 years imprisonment for ammunition
Firing at dwelling houses, buildings or vehiclesThis offence is targeted at criminal gangs who are commonly committing drive-by shootingsNew offencen/aMaximum penalty – 14 years imprisonment If committed during a public disorder: Maximum penalty – 16 years imprisonment
Possession of digital blueprint and device for manufacture of firearmsA person must not possess a digital blueprint and device (e.g. 3D printer) for the manufacture of a firearm on a 3D printer or on electronic milling machine   Does not apply to a person authorised by armourer’s licence or acting in the ordinary course of the member’s duties of the QPS.   Defences apply if defendant did not know or could reasonably be expected to know they possessed the blueprint; or if came into possession unsolicited etc New offencen/aMaximum penalty – 14 years imprisonment  
Discharging firearm with intent to resist arrestThis offence will help to protect police officers and provide strong penalties for offenders who fire at a police officer to resist arrestNew offence   Note: Similar offence exists but not as a separate offence or targeted towards firearmsMaximum penalty – life imprisonment (15 years imprisonment)Maximum penalty – 25 years imprisonment
Use or possession of offensive weapon or instrument to resist arrestThis offence will help to protect police officers and provide strong penalties for offenders who use offensive weapons or instruments towards a police officer to resist arrestNew offence   Note: Similar offence exists but not as a separate offence or targeted towards firearmsMaximum penalty – life imprisonment (15 years imprisonment)Maximum penalty – 15 years imprisonment If committed in the company of another person: maximum penalty – 18 years imprisonment
Punishment of stealing (firearm or ammunition)This will crack down on gun theft by strengthening the existing provisionsExisting offenceMaximum penalty – 10 years imprisonmentMaximum penalty – 14 years imprisonment
Particular conduct involving a weapon in a public place prohibitedA person must not, without reasonable excuse, carry in a public place a loaded firearm or a weapon capable of being dischargedExisting offenceMaximum penalty – 120 penalty units or 2 years imprisonmentMaximum penalty – 10 years imprisonment
Particular conduct involving a weapon in a public place prohibitedA person must not, without reasonable excuse, discharge a weapon in, into, towards, over or through a public placeExisting offenceMaximum penalty – 200 penalty units or 4 years imprisonmentMaximum penalty – 10 years imprisonment
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