The Canberra Liberals will release proposed anti-consorting laws on Saturday, designed to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs suspected of basing their activity in Canberra to avoid a NSW crackdown.
Liberal spokesman Jeremy Hanson said the NSW anti-consorting laws in 2009 had pushed activity into Canberra, and police in both states wanted the ACT to deal with the problem.
In July, three cars at a Kambah home were burned out and shots were fired at the house, in what police say was an ongoing feud between rival gang members.
In June, two Comancheros were found guilty of a drive-up shooting in Stirling, also gang related.
In October last year, shots were fired at the Kambah home targeted in July, in what was reported to be the fourth bikie-related incident in three months.
Mr Hanson said three gangs were now active, and a number of Rebels had "patched over" to the Nomads and Comancheros as they moved activities here.
"A lot of violence we are seeing is a result of patching over of Rebels to those other gangs because the outlaw motorcycle gangs see Canberra as a safe haven," he said.
"It's clear from the words of the chief policer office and many others that community safety is at risk and it's only a matter of time before somebody is killed or seriously injured. And we are talking about innocent members of the community because if you fire 27 rounds of high-power ammunition in the suburbs it's only by chance that someone isn't injured or killed."
In April, Police Minister Mick Gentleman said the government would not revive its planned anti-consorting laws, which it dropped in July last year. Mr Gentleman conceded that "visits to the ACT from interstate outlaw motorcycle gangs in breach of a consorting warning in their home jurisdiction is cause for concern", but said the government would consider anti-fortification laws as an alterative, and look at how "road safety compliance measures" could deter bikie activity.
When Labor abandoned its anti-consorting laws last year, it said it had struggled to draft laws that satisfied police while respecting human rights. The laws were opposed by the party's left and the Greens.
Mr Hanson said his laws had safeguards to ensure they could not be applied indiscriminately and police could not overstep their power.
The police must apply to the Supreme Court to have an organisation to be declared a criminal organisation, and the court must be satisfied the group's primary purpose was to conduct criminal activity.
The police must also apply to the courts to identify specific members of the organisation. Once someone is declared as a member of a declared criminal group they are banned from meeting with others named in the group - other than in specific cases such as meeting for family reasons or by accident.
A breach of the anti-consorting laws would attract a jail term of up to two years - or longer for repeat offences.
Human Rights Commissioner Dr Helen Watchirs said she would look at the proposal closely.
The declaration of a criminal organisation was very broad and she was not sure there were sufficient safeguards, but the proposal was in other ways an improvement on last year's plan which would have controlled the association of people with no criminal history who were not members of gangs.
Requiring a court order was a positive, but Dr Watchirs said NSW laws had had a disproportionate impact on Aboriginal and young people who were not the original target.
"We're no longer a one-gang town and there has been intergang violence recently, so in principle to prevent such behaviour new laws maybe necessary," she said.
But she pointed to the tighter regime in Victoria, where evidence was needed that consorting would lead to criminality, that the offence being planned related to organised crime, and that the people had relevant and recent prior convictions.
"If you want to restrict human rights you have to have a very good case for doing it," Dr Watchirs said. "It needs to be very targeted and narrowly framed."
Mr Hanson said he had spoken to the Veterans Motorcycle Club about his proposed laws, which were aimed at criminal organisations, not motorcycle clubs.
"They are law-abiding citizens who happen to ride motorbikes," Mr Hanson said of the veterans group. "This is not about motorbikes. This is about organised crime.
His laws, modelled on the NSW laws, are being released for feedback before being tabled in the ACT parliament, in late September or October.