They think the camaraderie is there based on the TV show and they're joining up,' says Const. Scott MorrisonNova Scotia RCMP say membership in outlaw motorcycle gangs is on the rise in the province, thanks to the popularity of a television series that went off the air 3½ years ago.
"Ever since the phenomenon of Sons of Anarchy, more people want to join that life, [they] think it's a brotherhood, " said Const. Scott Morrison. "They think the camaraderie is there based on the television show and they're joining up."
Support clubs do not necessarily operate under the direction of a biker gang, but can work security and sell gear at events.
Outlaws, Hells Angels RivalryFriend clubs do get involved with the drug trade and the violence associated with it, such as collecting debts.
The Hells Angels had been selling T-shirts at the annual Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, but police pointed out sales were supporting a criminal organization and it is no longer given a vendor permit.
Violent clashesThere have been a number of violent clashes in New Brunswick attributed to this rivalry.
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RCMP say they soon expect a Black Pistons club to open in the Halifax area.
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