CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson laid out an ambitious plan Tuesday to help address gun violence.
One proposal is a gun offender registry, forcing those convicted of gun crimes to register with police.
"We're not going to just sit around and be helpless. We're not going to take on the victim mentality that there's nothing we can do. There is something we can do," said Mayor Frank Jackson, at a press conference announcing the plan.
The details haven't been drafted yet, but the city is looking to Chicago for inspiration.
Chicago's offender registry is up online, letting you search for bad guys who have used guns before near any address.
Jackson's idea is gun criminals must register within 48 hours of getting out or getting sentenced, and check in at the one-year mark. They would stay on the list for at least four years.
Proponents say it creates another incentive for criminals to stop, making it easier to get caught with guns.
"If, indeed, we can do something like registration, for people who shouldn't have a gun, it would make a difference," said Donna Weinberger.
Weinberger is part of the Greater Cleveland Congregations Gun Violence Task Force, which was meeting again Tuesday.
"They are going to be thrilled to hear that their elected officials are taking this all very seriously and that coming together and taking a stand makes a difference," she said, of Jackson's plan.
Last month, GCC drew a crowd of more than 1,000 people calling for a stop to gun violence and illegal guns. The groups sees this proposal as a step in the right direction.
"They need the kind of communication that will help them understand: who is obtaining the illegal guns, where the pipeline starts, how they get to the wrong people," said Rabbi Josh Caruso, who is also on the task force.
"So any kind of further communication transparency between persons on the street and those in a law enforcement position is always helpful."
Cleveland's Law Department is drafting the proposals to be presented to City Council at its July 16 meeting.
Council would host several public hearings before voting, meaning it could potentially enact new measures in October.
If that happens, expect the constitutionality of these measures could be challenged. Baltimore's gun offender registry withstood challenge in Maryland's second-highest court.
Buckeye Firearms Association Chair Jim Irvine says many of Jackson's ideas won't stand up in court. The organization's Foundation side that handles education and litigation is prepared to sue the city like it did in 2010, if necessary.
Irvine says the group is focused on reducing innocent deaths, but he does not believe Jackson's plan attack the heart of the issue.
To read the city's proposals, click here.
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