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.

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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

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