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06
Sep
2019

Police call out Daniel Andrews’ botched firearm laws

Senior Victoria Police members are demanding major changes to Daniel Andrews’ flawed Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that have been exposed as a dud.

When first introducing FPOs Daniel Andrews promised these new laws would be a “game changer”, but what we have seen instead is that these laws have failed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals, compromising community safety.

Victoria Police is demanding changes to the complex manner in which FPOs are issued, which has seen only 223 FPOs issued despite Labor saying that there would be approximately 2,200 people FPO targeted with FPOs.

In comparison to an average of around 730 FPOs a year in NSW over 5 years to June 30 2018.

FPOs have been successfully challenged in VCAT by convicted criminals such as Colin Websdale, a former Rebels bikie boss with 26 prior criminal convictions for violence, drugs and firearms offences.

Victoria Police has confirmed the roll-out of training to issue FPOs in regional Victoria won’t be finalised until mid-next year – placing the safety of regional Victorian communities at risk.

With Victorians having recently witnessed eight fatal shootings in as many weeks and an ongoing spike in violent crime, Daniel Andrews must listen to Victoria Police and immediately fix these botched laws.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:

“Daniel Andrews boasted these laws would be a “game changer” to get guns off our streets – but his botched roll-out has failed to keep the community safe.”

“Daniel Andrews has once again failed to introduce laws that will keep the community safe, and instead given the green light to violent, armed criminals.”

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