Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login
Site Notices
1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 7/6/2001 9:27:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/6/2001 9:26:06 AM EST by Imbroglio]
Can you say "strict enforcement of existing laws"? Take note of the my highlighted sections, it is obvious that the purpose of these laws is not to go after violent criminals. [url]www.smh.com.au/news/0107/06/national/national1.html[/url] Judges urged to get tough on gun offenders By Robert Wainwright, State Political Correspondent The State Government wants the courts to impose harsher sentences on criminals caught with guns as part of a crackdown on violent crime. The Attorney-General, Mr Debus, said last night he was worried that judges were not being tough enough despite new laws announced in May that allow courts to impose 14-year prison terms for the worst offences. Recent statistics show 96 per cent of gun offenders were escaping with sentences of less than two years. In the local court, the average sentence is seven months while half of convicted gun offenders are fined an average of $400. Mr Debus confirmed he had written this week to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Nicholas Cowdery, QC, requesting a test case in the Court of Criminal Appeal. This would enable the Government to push for a series of sentencing guidelines for courts so criminals found with guns are given stiffer penalties. Mr Debus will also seek co-operation from Chief Justice Jim Spiegelman to find a suitable test case within the next two months. [B]"It is necessary for courts to be more stringent because there are just too many guns on the streets," Mr Debus said. "We want to be able to respond to the problem because we don't want an American-style gun culture in NSW.[/B] "The courts have not been recognising the seriousness of the problem, and that's why we are seeking a [B]sentencing guideline.[/B] (That means zero tolerance, get it?) [B]"There are too many more guns around the community now, and we do have to send stronger messages."[/B] The Government revealed its intentions to impose harsher penalties while announcing the Cabramatta anti-crime package on May 30. [B]It has moved to transfer significant gun offences, such as possession of prohibited weapons and pistols, from magistrates to judges in higher courts, where the penalties are tougher. The new laws also include the compulsory registration of all firearms frames to curb the trade in trafficking of illegal firearm parts, giving police the power to demand all firearms for inspection from suspected arms dealers.[/B]
Link Posted: 7/6/2001 9:30:05 AM EST
(continued) The latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data shows the number of shooting crimes has risen sharply in the past few years, with the number of "shoot with intent" offences involving handguns rising every year since 1995. Sentencing guidelines were introduced about two years ago as a tool to allow the Government to indicate to the courts what it intended to achieve with legislation. The new firearm laws are the latest in a series of judgments for a number of crimes such as break enter and stealing, drug importation, and driving causing grievous bodily harm or death. "In each of these cases there is a quite clear-cut set of guidelines within which judges can make their decisions," Mr Debus said. "It is important to emphasise guidelines do not impose specific sentences on individual cases, but make a range of possibilities within which judges will work. "In terms of dangerous driving, it is clear the sentences that have been handed down have been much more consistent and led to the jailing of almost every person who has committed this offence."
Link Posted: 7/6/2001 9:42:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/6/2001 9:40:39 AM EST by gardenWeasel]
[red][u]Thanks. [/u][/red]
Link Posted: 7/6/2001 9:44:21 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/6/2001 11:02:34 AM EST
It's the same old song and dance we hear here, except that they have proof that gun laws don't work, it just makes things worse. Instead of admitting that, they are going to make more laws for the criminals to ignore. Will these anti-gun morons ever wake up? Since their gun ban, they have had more crime per capita than anywhere else with the exception of England with their gun ban. This idiot Debus loves to use the old 'American Gun Culture' phrase that the anti's here love to toss around and sheeple believe, but the truth is that we are not even in the top 10.
Top Top