Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP, has welcomed the introduction of a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for anyone caught in the illegal firearms trade.
“Light sentencing sends the wrong message to criminals,” Mr Coleman said.
“Our community has been devastated by shootings in recent years. Families have lost loved ones, and the reputation of our region has been tarnished.
“These changes to the law send a strong message: gun-related crime will not be tolerated”.
New legislation will be introduced this month to target gun-related crimes that will implement minimum mandatory five year jail terms for illegal firearm trafficking.
The Australian Crime Commission estimates there are 250,000 illicit ‘long arms’ and at least 10,000 illicit hand guns in Australia.
“This is part of this Government’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure Australia, with prosperous and strong communities,” Mr Coleman said.