WA bikies face sweeping new police powers

New arms embargo laws will be applied by WA politi to target certain members of outlaw bikie gangs.

Under legislation introduced to parliament, any person issued with a restraining order can have their home assaulted at any time of the day or night – and police will not require a restraining order.

Gang members can also be stopped and searched.

WA bikies face sweeping new police powers
New gun bans laws will be used by WA police to target certain members of banned bikie gangs. (9 news)

Anyone with them at that time could also be subjected to a search.

“Last year we saw many cases of houses being shot up, OMCG using guns in public, and the worst case of all was the killing of someone at the Kwinana Motorplex,” said Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch.

“That’s the kind of offense we want to eradicate in WA.”

Last month, a bikie gang employee allegedly hijacked a vehicle in a car and fired a gun when police pursued.

“If you’re one of those people who ends up with a gun ban, you’ll be leprous in WA,” Mr Blanch said.

New gun bans laws will be used by WA police to target certain members of banned bikie gangs.
Under legislation introduced to parliament, any person issued with a restraining order can have their home assaulted at any time of the day or night – and the police will not require an order. (9 news)

“The police behind me from the gang crime group are coming. They’re pulling you over, coming into your house and checking on you day or night.”

Any violation of the new laws could result in a maximum of 14 years in prison or a fine of $ 75,000.

In addition to the laws, there are stricter penalties for firing a weapon while it is under ban.

Police Secretary Paul Papalia has also included new 3D printing technology, which is being exploited by criminal gangs in the United States.

“If you are in possession of the plans or the equipment to make 3D printing of firearms, it will be a sentence of 10 years,” Mr Papalia said.

WA bikies face sweeping new police powers
A cache of seized weapons was detonated in the WA bushland. (9 news)

He warned gang members that the criteria for issuing a ban were broad.

“The commissioner just has to state that these people represent a reasonable threat and, for the most part, they are not a suitable and proper person to be in possession of a firearm,” he said.

The laws should be passed in the WA parliament early next year.

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