Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Justice Troy Grant said the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Act 2015 will deliver on a commitment by the NSW Government to crack down on those who endanger the community.
“These laws have a clear focus of hitting the illegal firearms trade because it’s clear the illegal gun market presents the threat to the community,’’ Mr Grant said.
“This means tough new 14-year penalties for a range of illegal firearm offences, including a new offence of possessing a stolen firearm.
“The Greens despite talking up concerns about firearms did not even talk to the Bill in either House of Parliament – showing they are focused on chasing headlines rather than actually protecting the community.’’
– Creates a new offence for the possession of a stolen firearm, which will carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment;
– Increases the maximum penalty for defacing or altering any identifying mark on any firearm or firearm part, or for possessing a defaced or altered firearm or firearm part, from five years to 14 years’ imprisonment;
– Applies consistent maximum penalties of 14 years’ imprisonment to a range of other offences relating to unauthorised possession, use, supply, or acquisition of firearms where the firearm involved is a pistol, a prohibited firearm, or is defaced, unregistered or stolen; and
– Includes a ban on the possession of digital blueprints that enable firearms to be manufactured using 3D printers and milling machines for anyone without an appropriate licence.