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A proposed registry is intended to discourage persistent levels of gun-related crimes in Prince George's County.
A proposed registry is intended to discourage persistent levels of gun-related crimes in Prince George's County.

Prince George's County is considering a radical new policy that they hope will help curb the spread of gun-related crimes. It would require offenders to register with the county and submit to regular home visits from police.

It's not for nothing, after 64 people were shot to death in Prince George's County just last year, with hundreds more wounded. The County Council could soon pass a law that would treat gun offenders much like sex offenders, placing their names on a registry and requiring regular meetings with officers. The goal is to reduce recidivism amongst gun offenders.

The measure has the unanimous support of all nine council members as well as the Prince George's Police Department, and a vote is expected in June.

Both Baltimore and the District have similar laws.


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