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Appeals court finds Cleveland gun registry unconstitutional

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Posted at 6:53 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 18:53:50-04

Cleveland's gun registry, which went into effect in 2015, is unconstitutional, according to the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. 

The gun registry, part of Mayor Frank Jackson's efforts to curb gun violence, required people convicted of a gun crime to register with the city.

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The court found on Thursday that the registry conflicts with state law. 

Under the program, offenders were required to fill out a form at the Justice Center that requires the following:

• Name, date of birth, sex
• Current home address
• Copy of driver’s license
• Current photo of offender
• Description of gun offense
• Name, address, phone number of offender’s workplace
• Name, address, phone number of educational institution offender attends
• Any other information Safety Director finds reasonably necessary

Those who failed to register within the required five days of conviction could get a first-degree misdemeanor, landing them six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.