30 Jun 2012

Tougher laws on illegal guns

1:46 pm on 30 June 2012

The federal government in Australia has announced a range of new measures to combat the illegal gun trade after a report by the Australian Crime Commission revealed there are 250,000 illegal firearms in the country.

The report has prompted the Government to strengthen the country's gun laws. It will introduce legislation to create a maximum penalty of life in jail for people involved in gun trafficking.

Justice Minister Jason Clare says a national firearms register will also be created.

The ABC reports the Commonwealth and state governments worked together on the reforms.