07/23/2007

Balt. mayor's registry bill part of national trend to expose gun offenders

By Annie Linskey
The Baltimore Sun


Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, at podium, speaks during a news conference at Baltimore's City Hall, Thursday, July 19. (Associated Press)
BALTIMORE, Md. — Baltimore could become the first big city to publicize names, photographs and home addresses of people who are convicted of shootings or other gun-related crimes, the latest twist on a national crime prevention trend of exposing names of certain types of criminals.

Legislation that Mayor Sheila Dixon introduced in the City Council last week would direct the Police Department to create a database for gun offenders that is similar to the existing online statewide sex offender list. She said she would like the names to be public, and offenders would have to register with the department, in person, every six months or face a misdemeanor charge and possible jail time.

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