Bill proposes mandatory jail for firearm trafficking

GUN traffickers could soon face up to five years in jail without parole, under new laws proposed in Canberra.

The government's new laws would extend existing penalties for illegal firearm traffickers and organised crime groups to include mandatory jail terms for those caught.

It would also expand definitions of trafficking offences to include firearm parts, not just complete guns.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said criminals were, in the past, able to evade the laws by dismantling guns and illegally importing parts separately.

Those laws would apply at international borders and between state and territory borders to help better control firearm trafficking.

The bill is before the Senate for examination and debate.

Topics:  crime gun laws trafficking

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