Firearms (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill


This afternoon the President of the Law Society of Tasmania, Matthew Verney briefed the members of the Legislative Council in respect of the Firearms (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill particularly with regard to the proposed mandatory minimum sentencing provisions in that Bill.

The Law Society of Tasmania maintains its strong opposition to all efforts to introduce mandatory sentencing provisions.

Mr Verney said

“mandatory sentencing generates unjust outcomes and disproportionate penalties.  It has been tried elsewhere including Western Australia,  the Northern Territory and even the USA and there is no evidence from any of those jurisdictions to suggest that it is successful in reducing criminal offending”.

Last week Mr Verney delivered a written submission to the Legislative Council which is attached to this media release.


Matthew Verney


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22 April 2015