Gun violence continues as firearms prohibition orders fail

Last week at Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, the lacklustre rollout ofLabor’s Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPO) was exposed.

These laws were designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals by limiting the ability to legally access guns and visit locations where firearms are kept.

However, despite identifying at least 2,200 potential FPO targets in June 2018 anddescribing these new laws as a “game changer”, only 165 orders have been issued inVictoria in the last 12 months.

This lacklustre rate compares to NSW, who as at June 30 2018 have issued 3,657 FPOs in 5 years – a rate of approximately 730 a year.

Furthermore, the Police Minister, Lisa Neville, refused to identify how many new orders have been issued since the FPO’s failed at the first hurdle when former Rebels Outlaw MotorcycleGang boss Colin Websdale had his order overturned at VCAT last month.

Labor’s botched rollout of FPO’s comes on the back of a period of heightened gun violencein Victoria, with eight fatal and seven non-fatal shootings occurring since March.

With such regular occurrences of violent crime and Daniel Andrews failing to give Police thepowers they need to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, it’s no wonder thatVictorians don’t feel safe in their communities, on public transport and in their own homes atnight.

Under Daniel Andrews, Victoria is dragging its heels on community safety and has once again jeopardised community safety by leaving Victoria Police stranded with unworkable laws.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:

“Once again Daniel Andrews half-baked laws have has left Victoria Police without the powersthey need to keep the community safe.”

“With Victorians having the worst perceptions of safety in the nation, Daniel Andrews needto make community safety his number one priority.”