Gangsta pop culture goes bang
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