Media Release

10 April 2016

Guy: Liberal Nationals will crackdown on drive-by shootings.

Sunday 10 April 2016

Liberal Nationals will crackdown on drive-by shootings.

A Liberal Nationals Government will crackdown on gun violence in Victoria.

Victorians deserve a Government which is tough on crime and does not make excuses for violence.

Melbourne has gone through its worst spate of shootings in years during the Andrews Government’s watch. In a period of only six days, fifteen shooting incidents took place, some lethal, directly threatening community safety.

Daniel Andrews continues to refuse to take action to protect the safety of our community. In Victoria, there is still no offence with which to specifically charge drive-by shooters.

The Andrews Labor Government has gone missing in action on law and order in Victoria.

Today, the Liberal Nationals Coalition commits that if elected to government it will make drive-by shooting a criminal offence in Victoria.

Under a Liberal Nationals Government, discharging a firearm from a vehicle will become a criminal offence punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment. This offence will carry a statutory minimum of 5 years in jail and drive-by shootings connected to organised crime will carry a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. Criminals convicted of this charge will not be able to serve their sentences concurrent with sentences for other crimes.

These new offences will not apply to lawful activities that involve firearms, including but not limited to, legal hunting, spotlighting and target shooting. A Liberal Nationals Government will consult with sporting shooters, the VFF and other relevant organisations, as part of the implementation of this policy.

A Liberal Nationals Government will not sit idly by and allow violent crime to become rife on our streets. Victorians deserve a Government that has community safety as a priority.

Quotes attributable to State Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

“Daniel Andrews has gone missing in action and let gun violence run rampant in Victoria. The Liberal Nationals will take action to keep our communities safe.

“Crime has gone up 8 per cent in Victoria and the Daniel Andrews’ response has been to cut frontline police and treat offenders softly.”

“A Liberal Nationals Government will make community safety a priority and crackdown on gun violence with tough new penalties.”