Increased penalties for providing explosives for crimes on their way

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Offenders who supply explosives to commit crime will face tougher penalties, says Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott.

Today Mr Scott’s Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot. The bill increases the maximum penalty for providing explosives to commit an offence.

“At the moment the maximum penalty for providing explosives to commit an offence is two years’ imprisonment.  Considering the harm and death explosives can cause, this is just not high enough,” Mr Scott said.

“My bill will increase the maximum term of imprisonment to five years.

“Individuals simply carrying or possessing dangerous weapons unlawfully are potentially liable for a longer imprisonment term than an individual who knowingly provides explosives intended to endanger property or people.  That’s just not right.

“Explosives cause immeasurable harm to innocent bystanders, taking life and limb. We need to send a strong message that supplying weapons of this nature is unacceptable.

“It makes sense for those who knowingly supply explosives that put people or property in danger to face higher penalties. My bill means they’ll face up to five years’ jail time.”

The Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill will have its first reading on the next Members’ Day at Parliament.

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Media contact: Miranda Gardiner-Rodden 0800 687 596

Authorised by Alastair Scott MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington