The B.C. government is looking to take away gangsters’ sense of security.

Driving an armoured vehicle without a permit and adding hidden compartments to it are illegal after new legislation was introduced yesterday.

Solicitor general Michael de Jong said the act gives police a new tool to fight gangs.

“It’s not unusual for gangs to modify their vehicles with armour and secret compartments as a way to protect themselves, conceal firearms, drugs or cash, and evade police,” de Jong said.

Deputy Chief Const. Clayton Pecknold said armoured vehicles contribute to gun violence by giving gang members a sense of safety while committing crimes.

People convicted of breaking this law will face a fine of up to $10,000 and six months in jail.