Friday November 23 2012

– Police have intensified their war on bikie clubs, cancelling the firearms licences of almost 20 members of clubs around Victoria.

The move follows the seizure of more than 100 licensed guns from dozens of bikies around the state in August. The owners of the guns had their licences suspended by Chief Commissioner Ken Lay at the same time.

Nine members of the Wangaratta-based Tramps motorcycle club had taken legal action against Mr Lay to force him to return their weapons and lift the suspension of the licences.

However, at a Supreme Court hearing in Wangaratta on Thursday, lawyers for Victoria Police told the Tramps Mr Lay had cancelled the licences, despite none of the club’s members having criminal convictions.

It is also understood that members of the Derelicts motorcycle club – based in Benalla – have also had their licences cancelled, and that other bikies from Melbourne-based clubs have been told informally they will also be stripped of their licences.

The decision by Mr Lay to cancel the licences is the clearest sign yet that Victoria Police has stepped up its assault on Victoria’s bikie clubs, which the police and government describe as outlaw motorcycle gangs, a designation disputed by the bikies.

It comes days after the government introduced anti-association legislation, which would allow police to apply to the Supreme Court to have an organisation designated criminal.

If the application is successful, the judge can then make control orders banning members from that group from associating or participating in gang activities, including riding together and wearing club colours and emblems. They would also make similar orders from other states enforceable in Victoria.

Individuals who breach a control order will face up to five years’ jail and organisations can be fined up to $400,000 and have assets confiscated.

Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo, from Victoria Police crime command, confirmed Mr Lay had exercised his discretion to cancel the licences.

Law Institute of Victoria president Michael Holcroft attacked the cancellation as an example of guilt by association, and said the men would have had to show they were fit and proper persons when given the licences – Dan Oakes


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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