Reports yesterday have highlighted a concerning increase in serious firearms-related violence in Victoria under the Andrews Labor Government.
In 2019, serious gun-related incidents spiked across the state with 52 people shot and 14 fatalities across Victoria, twice as many as the previous 12 months.
This increase in violence has coincided with a concerning spike in gun theft, with 70 people charged for stealing firearms in 2019 – a rate almost three times higher than the previous year.
In 2018, the Andrews Government promised to take illegal firearms off the street with “game-changer” new firearms prohibition order (FPO) laws. Yet two years on, it is clear these laws have failed with only around 10 per cent of identified criminals actually issued with an order to date.
With an average two hardened criminals being found in possession of illegal firearms every day in Victoria, it is little wonder why under Andrews, Victorians have the worst perceptions of safety of any state in the nation.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police & Community Safety, David Southwick:
“Labor’s failure to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals is placing the safety of the community at risk.
“Andrews has failed to act and provide Victoria Police with the powers and resources it needs to fight hardened criminals.”