ACT targets gangs

Newshub reports:

Gangs will be targeted in a new ACT Party policy which promises to amend the Criminal Proceeds Act and “hit them where it hurts”.

The policy, released on Saturday, would allow the police to apply to the courts for an order to seize assets if a search finds an illegal operation, unlawful possession of a firearm, and a person who is a gang member or close affiliate.

“ACT will target the gangs by hitting them where it hurts – their pockets,” the party said in a statement.

Party leader David Seymour told Newshub Nation the policy was simple.

“If the police find illegal firearms and illegal activity by a gang, then they can take their assets because, at the moment, gangs are getting around the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act by having a large number of small operations,” Seymour told host Simon Shepherd. “We’re saying that if you have a firearm and you are dealing drugs and you are a gang, then the Crown can take your assets because, ultimately, these guys don’t care about going to jail.”

Seems a very sensible policy.

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