“We hope the gangs will listen” won’t get guns back
The Police Commissioner has today revealed the
Government’s strategy to get illegal firearms off gang
members – he hopes they listen, National’s Justice
spokesperson Mark Mitchell says.
appearance at the Select Committee today, the Police
Commissioner told journalists that police have spoken to
influential gang leaders, he hopes they listen but he
can’t compel them.
“If you want to get firearms
off gang members then you need a proper plan. National has
that plan with our Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs). This
is an actual strategy and not just hoping that the most
dangerous people in our society will suddenly start paying
attention to the Police.
“As a former police
officer, I can tell you that asking gangs nicely to give up
illegal weapons doesn’t tend to work.
give frontline police staff the ability to act in real time
to search and recover illegal firearms in the possession of
gang members. We’ve done all the work and written the
Bill. Police Minister Stuart Nash should support it.
“The gun buyback scheme ends next month. Police have
acknowledged that the gangs haven’t been handing in their
firearms. Police Minister Stuart Nash has sent out a
reminder. He needs to do more than that to get the gangs
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