Major parties challenged on Sydney's gun crime
The Shooters and Fishers Party has challenged the Coalition and Opposition to get fair dinkum in addressing Sydney's gun crime, and back its Legislation introduced into State Parliament on Monday day to make it a separate crime to use a firearm in a crime.
The Hon. Robert Borsak MLC, gave notice of the Legislation on Tuesday, and says he expects support from both major parties.
"This gives them the chance to actually do something about the current gun crime in Sydney, rather than compete with each other to see who can come up with the 'toughest new laws'."
He said the Shooters and Fishers Party has always advocated extra penalties for those who use firearms whilst committing a crime.
"Ten years ago the Coalition, in Opposition, supported our initial attempt to change the Legislation. They now have the chance to support it again, but this time make it law.
"We want the law to regard the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime as a separate crime in itself, not an aggravating offence, as the law sees it now.
"It will be a separate, additional crime to be dealt with separately by the law both in terms of the judgement and the penalty the court might impose.
"The Bill proposes that on conviction of the separate offence of being in possession of a firearm while committing a crime, the person so convicted will be sentenced to a period of detention NOT LESS than the period of sentence for the core crime, to be served cumulatively.
"This gives the judge wide latitude in determining the total of the main sentence and the cumulative sentence, but establishes the important principle that a separate conviction has been recorded and a separate, specific sentence imposed.
"The purpose of such a penalty is to make it inadvisable for people to use a firearm when they commit a crime," he said.
Mr Borsak said licensed firearm owners are fed up with having to defend themselves from ill informed comment about who is committing these current crimes.
"The fact is, none of those committing these drive by shootings will be licensed firearm owners, nor will any of their firearms be legal.
"The Shooters and Fishers Party hopes the Coalition has the 'bottle' to again back these proposed changes, because they will impact on those using firearms in crime.
"I have heard the Opposition calling for 'tough action' and 'tough new laws' to deal with the current situation. Well, Mr Robertson, here they are!
"And as for the Greens, if they stay true to form, I wouldn't expect them to want to get tough on criminals, why would they change a habit of a lifetime?" Mr Borsak said.
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