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)
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.