Mobile Pistol Buyback Van Security

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SpeakersTingle The Hon John; Egan The Hon Michael
BusinessQuestions Without Notice
Commentary Answered on 2 September 2003 by Michael Egan

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    The Hon. JOHN TINGLE: My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government, in the absence of the Minister for Justice, who represents the Minister for Police. What security arrangements will be made to protect the two mobile pistol buyback vans that will tour New South Wales confiscating illegal pistols from 1 October onwards? Is it a fact that only one sworn officer will be the total security for each of those vans? Is the Minister concerned that the vans, visiting all the State's 250 pistol clubs, often in remote areas and at the end of bush tracks, could be vulnerable to ambush by criminals while processing pistols submitted by licensees, resulting in the theft of a great many guns, both legal and illegal?

    The Hon. MICHAEL EGAN: I will refer that important question to the Minister for Police for his consideration and response.