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Cleveland mayor seeks registry for gun offenders

June 18, 2014
Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor's proposal to combat the scourge of violence in Cleveland by creating a registry for gun offenders, among other ideas, is redundant, unnecessary and possibly illegal, a pro-gun group said Wednesday.

Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference Tuesday that he wants to give police and prosecutors the weapons they need to stop convicted felons from using guns to commit more crimes. Cleveland is the seventh-worst city in the nation for gun violence.

In addition to the registry for gun offenders, he proposed prohibitions against transferring a firearm to a known felon, improperly discharging a firearm in a park or playground, allowing improper access of a firearm to a minor, requiring people to report lost or stolen firearms, requiring people to tell police when they transfer a firearm and limiting firearm purchases to one every 90 days.

Spokeswoman Maureen Harper said a number of other cities have gun offender registries, including New York, Baltimore and Chicago.

The Ohio Supreme Court in 2010 ruled against the city's challenge to a 2006 state law that said only the state and federal governments have the authority to enact gun laws.

Buckeye Firearms spokesman Ken Hanson said a gun offender registry is not needed because the federal and state governments already have databases with the names of those who are not allowed to own a firearm. He said the registries in those other cities have done nothing to decrease gun violence.

Hanson said there are already laws covering the prohibitions sought by the mayor. Requiring the reporting of firearm transfers to police and limiting the number of guns a person can buy is a violation of state law.

"I understand why they're asking the questions," Hanson said. "What I don't understand is why the officials of one of the biggest cities in Ohio fundamentally misunderstand Ohio law."

 
 

 

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