John Howard’s gun control still working for the criminals 

Former Prime Minister John Howard told Channel 9 news Monday night he did the right thing by disarming the population. He said since Port Arthur there have been no more mass shootings. What will he say about the bikie gang open warfare that has been happening in NSW and Victoria for many years? You didn’t get their guns Johnnie. All you did was disarm law abiding citizens.

 – MARCH 13, 2016 1:45 AM

Police have returned fire on criminals in Sydney’s west after arresting 17 people in a major operation set up to tackle a rise in gang violence and public shootings.

Dozens of police saturated streets and public transport hubs across the suburb as part of Operation Talon* overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, arresting 17 people on 20 charges.

One cannabis caution, six Criminal Infringement Notices, 47 Traffic Infringement Notices 17 Rail Infringement Notices were also issued on the night.

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Police also issued 15 pre-emptive consorting warnings to known gang members and conducted 30 bail compliance checks.

*Operation Talon was formed in August 2013 to reduce gang violence and public shootings in western Sydney.