Gang firearm ban: Police Association approves, Mongrel Mob hits back

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 11 May 2021, 1:47PM

Gang firearm ban: Police Association approves, Mongrel Mob hits back

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 11 May 2021, 1:47PM

The Government is hitting gangs where it hurts their pockets.

It's amending the Criminal Proceeds Act to allow seizure of assets of people associated with organised crime – for items they couldn't afford with their legal income.

Police Association President Chris Cahill told Kerre McIvor this is a positive move for Police - and they could do it with more of their possessions. 

"If you can take those bikes and say 'you explain to us how you paid for that legally'. If you can, you can have it back, and if you can't, it's getting forfeited, and that can have a real impact."

However, Mongrel Mob Kingdom's adviser Louise Hutchinson says it will affect how gang members get kai for families.

"Hunting is a primary means for them to gather kai for their whanau, especially in our rural areas." 

Asides from that, she says she doesn't see this making a difference on the ground.

"There's still huge problems with poverty, the housing crisis. These things aren't being addressed, which is driving the likes of crime in our nation."

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