Council to consider proposed gun offender registry, other changes

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CLEVELAND -- Gun owners in Cleveland are up in arms over the mayor's attempts to rewrite the laws the city has on the books.

The mayor says it's necessary at a time of escalating violence.  Gun owners worry it will trample on their rights.

On Tuesday, Jackson presented an entire rewrite of Cleveland gun laws to city council. The proposed measures include a gun offender registry, similar to the a sex offender registry.

Anyone convicted of a gun-related crime will have to register with the safety director within five days of release from prison or five days of moving into the city, and they'll have to do it every year for four years

It's just one way the mayor hopes to crack down in escalating gun violence in the city.

One of the most recent incidents that touched off outrage was the shooting of a 2-year-old boy last month.

His father, a convicted felon who shouldn't have had a gun, is the one accused of killing him.

Jackson says state gun laws basically wiped out local laws back in 2007.

This is the city's way of exerting some control without, the mayor says, over-stepping state laws.

Council will begin discussing the new measures at a meeting later Wednesday morning.

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