Michael Laws, the mayor of Whanganui, and his council passed a new bylaw in August 2009 to ban gang patches from the central city area and other specified public places. The Prohibition of Gang Insignia bylaw gives police powers to fine patch wearers $2,000 and to confiscate their gang insignia. Many pubs ban patrons from wearing patches because they incite drunken fights with members of other gangs.
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