Opposition, Independents question effectiveness of Bill

UNC Sen­a­tor Sad­dam Ho­sein is ques­tion­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of Gov­ern­ment’s Firearm (Amend­ment) Bill and not­ed the pro­posed law would be test­ed in the courts.

He said the bill which pro­pos­es ma­jor in­creas­es in penal­ties — in­clud­ing life in jail for a third of­fence of pos­ses­sion of an il­le­gal firearm — would verge on the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween court and ex­ec­u­tive. He added the bill would not re­duce the num­ber of guns on the street and would fail as a scare tac­tic un­less sys­tems were fixed.

Young: Majority of amendments were made by Gov't over weekend

The Government has said that it is pleased that the Civil Asset Recovery and Management Unexplained Wealth Bill 2019 was passed in the Lower House last evening, April 8, 2019.

The bill received the unanimous support of Government and Opposition Members of Parliament.