Gangsta pop cul­ture goes bang

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - GREG STOLZ

GOLD Coast gang­sters are tot­ing guns in hid­den car safes as they be­come in­creas­ingly trig­ger-happy to pro­tect their drug money, po­lice say.

They say a gang­ster cul­ture, fu­elled by vi­o­lent video games and movies, is be­hind a Glit­ter Strip shoot­ing spree – with more crim­i­nals will­ing to shoot first and ask ques­tions later.

Coast po­lice have launched a firearms task­force of about a dozen of­fi­cers to crack down on gun vi­o­lence, fol­low­ing a spate of shoot­ings last month.

A sim­i­lar task­force, es­tab­lished last year to tar­get a vi­o­lent drug syn­di­cate with links to out­law bikie gangs, net­ted more than 400 firearms and saw the ar­rest of more than 100 peo­ple on al­most 300 charges.

Dur­ing the six-month op­er­a­tion, po­lice found guns stashed in hid­den com­part­ments in cars that could be opened only by a se­ries of but­tons.

North­ern Gold Coast CIB boss De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Mark Thomp­son said po­lice de­cided to launch the lat­est blitz af­ter three shoot­ings in Jan­u­ary.

Insp Thomp­son said crim­i­nals in­flu­enced by vi­o­lent “pop cul­ture” were us­ing guns as part of their “busi­ness model” . SUNNY SIDE UP: Mates Ma­son White, 2, and Lu­cas Man­ners, 3, cool at Alexan­dra Head­lands. Pic­ture: Lachie Mil­lard

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