Drive-by shooters to face tougher penalties
CRIMINALS who fire guns to avoid arrest or carry out drive-by shootings will face tougher jail sentences under a raft of new laws before the New South Wales Parliament.
The Baird government has announced plans to add five new offences to the standard non-parole period scheme. It also wants to lengthen the non-parole period for two existing firearm offences.
NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton said the tough sentences acknowledged the community's rejection of gun-related crime.
"These new laws send a clear signal to criminals that if they want to own or, worse yet, use an illegal gun or weapon, they will face more time behind bars," she said.
PROPOSED MINIMUM SENTENCES
- Discharging a firearm with intent to resist arrest - nine years
- Discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm - nine years
- Shooting at a building with reckless disregard for safety (organised criminal activity) - six years
- Shooting at a building with reckless disregard for safety during public disorder - six years
- Shooting at a building with reckless disregard for safety - five years
- Unauthorised possession of a firearm - four years
- Unauthorised possession of a prohibited weapon - five years