TOUGH new gun laws have been introduced into State Parliament to crack down on firearm-related crime.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey last night introduced the new laws which he said would give Queensland the toughest gun laws in the country, the Courier Mail reports.
If passed, it will mean criminals caught trafficking guns, using a gun during the commission of a crime or possessing one in a public place, including in a vehicle, will be subject to mandatory penalties.
"The new sentencing regime is not intended to capture licensed firearms owners who fail to renew their licence or find themselves unlicensed due to administrative processes beyond their control," Mr Dempsey said.
He said those charged would be given the opportunity to provide a reasonable excuse as to why they should avoid a mandatory penalty.
Mr Dempsey said a previously mooted firearms amnesty would coincide with the introduction of the new laws after they are passed by State Parliament.
"The amnesty will comprise of a voluntary hand-back and registration scheme," he said.
"Any member of the community who does not hold a firearm licence will be able to surrender their firearms during the amnesty period without penalty."
He said those with an unregistered gun will also be able to register that gun during the amnesty without penalty.
The legislation has been referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety for consideration.
Full report, the Courier Mail.