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No need to prove who pulled trigger under proposed laws

New legislation has been introduced to the Victorian Parliament in an effort to combat drive-by shootings.


The legislation will allow police to charge all occupants of a vehicle involved in a shooting, rather than having to prove who pulled the trigger.


Sentences for recklessly shooting at buildings or vehicles will also be increased, and police won't have to prove intent to cause harm or injury.


Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville told media that the new laws are a response to police concerns about their ability to lay serious charges following shootings.


The laws are also a response to the shooting of First Constable Ben Ashmole in 2015.


He was shot in the back of the head after his patrol unit tried to intercept a car in Moonee Ponds.


Two men have been sentenced to at least six years in prison over attacks on the homes of relatives of Carl Williams, as well as the shooting of First Constable Ashmole.


Police Association Victoria secretary Sergeant Wayne Gatt said he supports the increased sentences, but has called for the Government to go further.