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.
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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.