A new bill from the New York City Council would make the NYPD’s gun offender registry available to the public.
Just as the sex offender registry is used, New Yorkers would be able to receive alerts to notify them when a person who has a gun offense moves into their neighborhood.
DNA Info writes, “Under the law, the gun offenders' name and street will be listed along with a recent photograph, a physical description, the date of the gun crime and sentencing information.”
"It will make our communities more aware of who is in our neighborhood and what actions they have taken," said Queens Councilman Costa Constantinides, one of the sponsors of the bill along with Council members Ritchie Torres of The Bronx and Paul Vallone of Queens. "Part of public safety is knowing who is on the field."
But not everyone thinks turning the gun offense registry over to the public is a good idea. Glenn Martin, the founder of Just Leadership USA, said “At a time when the country and New York is being much more thoughtful about crime and what does and doesn't work, you have policymakers placating the public with measures that have no evidence that they are effective.”
"There is a rehabilitation piece here. If you leave that life behind we are not going to put this undue burden on the offender. The best way to get people to commit more criminal activity," he said, "is to tell them they are no longer a part of society."