Life sentences proposed for gun crime

UPDATE at 4:55 PM | OFFENDERS who shoot at police in Queensland would face life imprisonment under gun crime laws proposed by the state’s Opposition.

LNP deputy leader Tim Mander on Saturday said authorities needed to “come down heavy” on firearm offences after shots were fired in a police car west of Brisbane on Friday night.

Mr Mander told reporters specific offences proposed earlier this week would deter gun crime.


“There would be specific charges for drive-by shootings or using a firearm, or any other weapon, when resisting arrest, and that could mean up to 25 years imprisonment,” Mr Mander said.

It comes after a 59-year-old man armed with a rifle allegedly opened fire on police, firing shots into their car door on a street in Ipswich about 8pm on Friday.

The Newtown man was arrested by specialist more than hour later and will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with a list of serious offences.

FIRST at 11:50 AM | A GUNMAN has surrendered to police after allegedly opening fire on officers at Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

Police were responding to reports of shots being fired on Parker Street in Goodna when they came under fire just before 8pm last night.

In a statement, Queensland Police said shots were fired at a patrol car when officers arrived, damaging a door.

Police withdrew from the scene and established a cordon around the area while they waited for backup to arrive.

Just after 9pm, a 59-year-old man armed with a rifle surrendered to specialist officers and was taken into custody without incident.

He has since been charged with a list of offences, including acts intended to maim or disfigure, dangerous conduct with a weapon, unlawfully possessing a Category B weapon, and wilfully damaging police property.

Thankfully, no officers or members of the public were physically injured during the incident.

The 59-year-old is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday.

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