"The Comanchero, reportedly tried to take over a number of Kings Cross bars in 2011."
Kings Cross police are planning to banish scores of bikie gang members and known criminals from pubs and nightclubs using new ID scanning powers aimed at curbing alcohol-related violence.
Legislation before the NSW Parliament gives Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione the power to apply for orders prohibiting people from entering large hotels in Kings Cross for up to a year.
The orders will be enforced with linked identification scanners installed in the hotels, which will contain the details of anyone who has been banned.
Fairfax Media understands the Commander of Kings Cross police, Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald, wants to use the orders to ban about 30 outlaw motorcycle gang members and ''career criminals'' from local venues.
Bikies are already banned from wearing club colours inside licensed premises in Kings Cross under laws introduced last year. One of the largest bikie clubs, the Comanchero, reportedly tried to take over a number of Kings Cross bars in 2011.
The new banning orders will potentially allow police to banish scores of bikies and criminals from the largest hotels and nightclubs in the Cross.
Under the legislation, a long-term banning order may be issued against anyone who ''has been charged with, or found guilty of, a serious indictable offence involving alcohol-related violence''.
Crucially, the legislation states
that an order can be made ''whether or not the offence was committed in the Kings Cross precinct'', significantly broadening the application of the powers.
Once an order is approved, all 35 ''high risk'' venues in Kings Cross - those trading beyond midnight with a capacity of 120 people or more - will be required to enter the banned person's name and address in the scanning database, where it will remain until the order expires.
The banned person must be issued with notice of the order, which is appealable in the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. Anyone caught trying to breach a long-term banning order faces a maximum fine of $5500.
A police spokesman said: ''NSW Police is examining the legislation with a view to identifying a range of individuals who could be subjected to long-term banning orders if they fit the criteria of having been convicted in relation to serious alcohol related violence.''
Hospitality Minister George Souris announced on Wednesday that the government hopes to introduce the scanning technology in Kings Cross in time for the ''peak summer trading period''.
He revealed the venues will have to operate the scanners from 7pm on Thursdays until 7am on Mondays and between 7pm and 7am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will also operate during all trading hours on public holidays and the day preceding them.
The NSW branch of the Australian Hotels Association criticised the decision, arguing the scanners would ''target the public not the troublemakers''.
The technology and banning orders were announced in response to the death of teenager Thomas Kelly in an unprovoked attack at Kings Cross last year.