Banning gang patches a simplistic answer

and Michael Laws will disagree with me, but I am unconvinced banning the public display of gang insignia will reduce violent crime, and is justified.

commit enough actual crimes, that there is no need to go and invent a new crime of wearing a patch, to get them on. I am all for a crack down on gangs.  Gangs exist primarily to arrange crime. But the solution to gangs is to arrest gang members when they break the law, and if they are a recividist offende, keep them inside for a very long time. Longer sentences and less parole would do a lot more than banning .

Having said that, I don’t think voting for the bill to go to select committee is a bad thing, as it will allow the issues of gangs to be considered. But personally I hope it doesn’t emerge out.

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