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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Police handing out gun permits and failing to even ask why people want a gun

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013

Subject: [Greens-Media] Media Release:

NSW Police are failing to enforce existing gun laws which require gun owners to have a good reason before they are allowed to get each and every
gun.  With gun numbers rising in NSW to pre-Port Arthur levels it is time the Premier showed some backbone and made police enforce the existing laws.


See:
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/no-good-reason-needed-for-a-second-gun-20130217-2el77.html


Greens MP and justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said:


“Under the Firearms Act people are required to have a “good reason” to
acquire a firearm, but the form used by NSW police to grant permits doesn’t
even ask why people want the gun.


“Put simply, if police don’t even ask people the reason why they are
getting a gun then the police can never be satisfied that the applicant has
a good reason.


“This government, just like the last one, is too scared to enforce tough
gun laws because they are held hostage by a minority of Shooters MPs in the
NSW Parliament.


“Because police aren’t checking why people are getting guns, we have more
and more guns in this State, with owners having 20, 50 and even up to 300
guns.


"This growing pool of legal weapons is becoming a honeypot for criminals
and we are seeing gun thefts rising.


''The Premier comes out time and again to complain about gun crime in NSW,
but he can't even arrange for the existing gun laws to be enforced.


''The law says people need to have a good reason to get a gun, but if the
police don't even ask what that reason is before they grant permission,
then the law is a dead letter.


''It's no wonder the number of guns on Sydney's streets keep increasing
when the police aren't even checking why people are getting their guns.


"The Premier must immediately direct NSW police to enforce this law and
make sure no one is getting a gun unless they have a good reason for it,"
Mr Shoebridge said.
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'THE deal between the NSW government and the Shooters and Fishers Party to allow hunting of feral animals in the state's national parks is set to cost taxpayers at least an extra $19 million.'

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