Gang Patch bill passed

Might need a grinder to remove this patch

Might need a grinder to remove this patch

Mark Mitchell’s Gang Insignia Bill was passed last night. Mark took over promoting the bill after Todd McClay was appointed a minister.

A bill banning gang insignia in places owned by the Crown or local authorities has passed into law [last night].

Police would be given the power to seize gang patches and official colours within a few days. Offenders could be faced with a $2000 fine.

The Prohibition of Gang Insignia Government Premises Bill’s sponsor MP Mark Mitchell said he did not expect an escalation in tension between police and gang members as a result of the changes.  

He believed the law change would act as a deterrent and would not generate a greater workload for police officers responding to complaints about gang members in public spaces.

The law change will apply to 34 gangs identified in the legislation, but also allows the Minister of Police to identify an organisation as a gang.

The bill is a quite a bit softer than Mark Mitchell’s usual method for dealing with gangs. He was instrumental in clearing them out of Wairoa a number of year ago. His stories about the effectiveness of dogs in dealing with gang members are great.

Labour of course opposed the bill, because they like sticking up for criminals, gangs and thugs as part of their law and order focus.

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