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LNP laws will target bikies and gun crime

12th October 2020

The fatal shooting of a notorious gang boss at Pimpama shows that the bikies are back on the Gold Coast, the LNP said today.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today assured Gold Coast residents that she would re-introduce the LNP’s proven and effective bikie laws and launch a new crackdown on gun crime.

“Serious crime has surged since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Labor is failing to protect Queenslanders and are allowing organised and armed criminals to thrive.

“Labor’s soft laws have rolled out the red carpet to criminal bikie gangs.

“This cold-blooded killing is another reminder that the bikies have come back under Labor.

“Sadly, Queensland currently has some of the weakest gun crime laws in Australia under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Where there should be tough penalties and tight protections, there are weak punishments and glaring holes in Queensland laws.

“The surge in organised criminal gangs and bikie shootings warrant tougher measures to end gun violence in Queensland.

“Labor has failed to protect the community, but an LNP Government will take swift action to crack down on armed crime and bikie gangs.”

LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie, a former QPS officer, said the latest bikie violence had sent a shockwave through the Gold Coast.

“The bikies are operating without fear in Queensland,” Mr Purdie said.

“Only the LNP will stamp out bikie violence and crack down on the use of guns by criminals.”

The LNP introduced new laws into Parliament last year to deliver a new offence to cover drive by shootings, increase penalties for gun crime, and disrupt the manufacture of 3D-printed firearms – but Labor blocked the legislation (full details below).

The proposals will become law in Queensland if the LNP wins the October 31 state election.