July 13, 2022
New powers target gang guns, bling
A new offence will be created for discharging a gun with intent to intimidate, as part of a package of measures aimed at tackling gangs.
The offence would carry a prison sentence of up to five years,
A planned omnibus Amendment Bill will also include a new targeted warrant and additional search powers to find and seize weapons from gang members during a gang conflict.
The range of offences where police can seize and impound cars, motorbikes and other vehicles has been expanded, and police and other enforcement agencies are able to seize cash over $10,000 when found in suspicious circumstances.
Watches, jewellery, precious metals and stones, motor vehicles and boats will be added to the list of high-value goods prohibited for sale for cash over a specified value.
Police Minister Chris Hipkins and Justice Minister Kiri Allan said today there is also work underway to strengthen sector-wide approaches to youth crime and reduce offending.
Ms Allen says people don’t become gang members overnight, and the causes are complex and often inter-generational.
She’s looking closely at the youth justice system to see what changes could improve both the lives of at-risk young people and public safety over the long term, with a special focus on intervention and prevention measures