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VICTORIA


New law to ban sticks
Peter Mickelburough, state politics reporter
09mar04

STICKS will be outlawed from July under new laws to curb the growing use of the weapons in street brawls.

Police Minister Andre Haermeyer said the ban would help police overcome a culture of young people arming themselves with sticks.
"For most people running around the street carrying sticks there is absolutely no reason for them to be carrying those weapons," he said yesterday.
From July, anyone found possessing or selling a stick without a permit will face up to six months' jail and fines of up to $12,000.
Existing stick owners must surrender their weapons to police, sell them to a licensed dealer or apply to the Chief Commissioner for specific approval.






Collectors and people with legitimate cultural, religious or military reasons to own sticks will be exempted from the ban, but must store them under lock and key and have a burglar alarm.
The stick ban follows a string of recent attacks and a regulatory impact statement undertaken by the State Government last year.
Last week, a 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged after allegedly charging police with a stick near Castlemaine, in central Victoria.
A 21-year-old man had his hand severed by a samurai stick in a confrontation between 40 men in the Fitzroy Gardens a fortnight ago -- the second brawl involving sticks in 24 hours.
Huy Huynh, 19, was chased from the Salt nightclub and hacked to death nearby in July 2002 by a mob using samurai sticks and machetes.
The new laws will make it illegal to sell sticks to anyone who does not have a permit.
Stick sellers will have to keep a register of buyers' details and make it available for police to inspect.
Mr Haermeyer said groups such as highland dancers, historic re-enactment groups, bonafide collectors and people with family heirlooms could apply for an exemption from the licensing services branch of Victoria Police.
"Legitimate stick owners understand the importance of ensuring that their sticks do not fall into the wrong hands," he said.
"The vast majority of the community would say, 'Look, there's no place for people just being able to go out there and buy these things and carry them around the street'."
Mr Haermeyer said the exact definition of a stick under the new regulations was still being considered.
He said machetes would remain a controlled weapon, requiring a person to have a legitimate reason for carrying them.
The Government is also looking at bans on some other weapons, such as crossbows, and greater restriction on the sale of prohibited and regulated weapons at weekend markets.
Mr Haermeyer warned that police would be actively hunting for knives and sticks after being given new powers and 480 metal detectors late last year, allowing them to search people they reasonably suspected were carrying weapons.
 
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