The new law was supposed to help on that front as well. It requires that anyone convicted of a city, state, or federal gun law offense report it to the police department along with contact information, a photograph, and a copy of their driver’s license. Offenders who don’t comply can be jailed up to six months. In turn, the police department is directed to “create and maintain” a registry of the offenders.
But so far none of this has been done, according to 14th Ward alderman Ed Burke, a former cop who advocated for the provision last year. “We envisioned that, just like sex offenders have to register, that gun offenders should have to register, and we’d create a different violation if they didn’t,” Burke told newly installed police superintendent Garry McCarthy during a City Council hearing last week. “It probably wouldn’t surprise you that, like so many bureaucracies, this has yet to be implemented.”
McCarthy vowed to make it happen. “I’m a big believer in it,” he said.
My comments from a previous post:
And what happens if a person with a gun offense fails to register? Back to jail?
What about the stigma? Comparing people who commit gun crimes to sex offenders? And I don’t think this is limited to violent crimes. Merely owning a gun without a permit is a crime. Bam. Registry.
As it stands, people with gun offenses cannot own a firearm for life. What more does Connecticut want? With sex offender registries, the purpose is deterrence because they are likely to reoffend. Does the same consideration exist here?