Minister welcomes new national approach to tackle illegal gun trade29th June 2012
Ministerial media release
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher today welcomed a new national approach to tackling the illegal firearm market across Australia.
The Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM) today met in Melbourne, with the illicit use and trafficking of firearms leading the agenda.
"To target the illegal firearm and trafficking market we need to have the Federal Government, State and Territories working in unison. This type of illegal activity doesn't recognise State borders, so a national approach is vital," Minister Gallacher said.
"Today, the States, Territories and the Federal Government agreed to the need for all jurisdictions to consider stronger legislation targeting firearms trafficking and more consistent illicit firearms legislation across the nation.
"Police Ministers from across the country agreed a coordinated national approach to serious organised crime involving firearms, including targeted enforcement measures against high risk groups is the way forward.
"Reforms agreed to include working with the Commonwealth's newly established Firearms Intelligence Target team to fuse together intelligence from across the agencies, particularly targeting criminal groups at our borders.
"The meeting agreed to establish a working party to analyse gaps and opportunities to strengthen legislation governing firearm possession and use across the nation.
"Governments have to remain ahead of the game and ensure that we are taking steps to be prepared for future challenges when targeting illegal activity and organised crime.
"NSW has recently made legislative amendments that target gang crime at a number of levels including consorting, criminal associations and enhanced tattoo parlour regulations.
"I will continue to work with my Federal and State colleagues to ensure we have tough and proactive measures to target the illicit use and targeting of firearms," Minister Gallacher concluded.
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