Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announces plan for legislation targeting gun violence

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced plans Tuesday to propose new laws aimed at curbing gun violence.

Jackson said he is working with the city's law department to overhaul the city's gun regulations.

"We're driving down crime, but there's still much more work to be done," he said.

Jackson's proposals include:

  • Gun Offender Registry - Anyone convicted of a gun offense will be required to register with police
  • Prohibiting Transferring a Firearm to a Known Felon
  • Prohibiting the Improper Discharge of a Firearm at City Parks, Playgrounds or Recreation Centers
  • Improperly Providing Access to Firearms to a Minor
  • Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms - must report to police within 48 hours
  • Reporting the Transfer of Firearms
  • Limiting Firearm Purchases to One Per Person Every 90 days

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said the proposals will help reduce gun violence in Cleveland.

" Everybody's strapped for resources, but the Cleveland Division of Police does a pretty good job taking care of business out there and if there's legislation that council passes that's going to help us, we're definitely going to enforce it ," he said.

City Councilman Matt Zone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said council will likely add other initiatives to the mayor's plan.

The mayor's proposals will be presented to the council at their July 16 meeting.

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