Abbott's new push for 5-year mandatory jail for gun runners

TONY Abbott has pledged to resurrect planned five-year mandatory jail terms for illegal gun importers, after a previous failure to pass the changes.

The Prime Minister told reporters in Sydney the government would re-introduce legislation on the issue this week.

Despite the Senate previously rejecting the legislation, Mr Abbott has again appealed for Labor's support to pass the laws.

"We must keep our community safe, and part of keeping our community safe is cracking down hard on criminals trafficking in illegal firearms," he said.

"I'm not saying that the Labor Party are soft on national security. But if you want to be as tough on crime and relentless in supporting national security as I believe the Labor Party wants to be, (they) should support this legislation."

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