TOUGH new gun laws will require licence holders who have a large number of guns to install expensive electronic alarm systems in a bid to reduce firearm theft.
Internal government documents detailing the proposed amendments to the Firearms Act reveal licence holders in possession of 15 or more guns must have anti-intrusion alarms to monitor the premises.
There is no such requirement under existing legislation.
Jacksons Security quoted the average three-detector alarm system would cost about $1000.
The surveillance equipment would also have to be monitored by a security company or linked to the gun owner's mobile phone, which costs extra.
The strict new security provisions would impact on about 370 licence holders out of the state's 38,000 gun owners.
The draft legislation, expected to be tabled in Parliament next month, contains about 50 amendments aimed at tightening up the Firearms Act.
It follows a series of gun thefts, including two targeted firearm burglaries in Launceston this week and the theft of 15 firearms from a home in the South earlier this month.
The Liberal Party slammed the changes for punishing law-abiding gun owners for the government's ``reckless decision to brutally slash police numbers''.
``Instead of making gun owners turn their houses into mini-replicas of Fort Knox, the Labor-Green experiment should instead back the Liberals' plan to create a serious and organised crime squad that will focus on getting to the bottom of gun crime in Tasmania,'' Liberal police spokeswoman Elise Archer said.
According to Tasmania Police, there were 247 firearms stolen across the state in 2012-13 with only 48 of those recovered.
The draft legislation also includes harsher penalties for people caught in possession of illegal, unregistered or stolen firearms and requires ammunition to be stored in the same way as firearms.
However, a proposal to ban the use of hardwood storage facilities has been ruled out.
Police Minister David O'Byrne has described the Liberals' plan as a ``cheap political fix to divert 14 officers away from their current effective strategy, to form a special unit'', which won't work.
``In comparison, we're investing an additional $31 million to bolster front-line police numbers - including 50 additional recruit places just this year,'' Mr O'Byrne said.
``Our target is to keep our community the safest in Australia - Elise Archer's target is to win an election by frightening Tasmanians.''