Wilmington City Council pumps brakes on ‘gun offender’ registration
By Chris Eger
Delaware’s largest city last week put a plan to create a sexual offender-like registry for those who have committed gun crimes on the back burner.
The measure, Ordinance 17-023, would require all gun offenders living in the city limits within two days of release to report to the Wilmington Police Department and add their information to a registry kept by the agency under threat of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
While its sponsor, Councilmember Bob Williams, a former Wilmington cop, argued it would help curb gun violence Council President Hanifa Shabazz argued it may be unreasonable and helped hold the proposal for further discussion.
“How realistic is it for that person to accomplish all that is required of them?” said Shabazz, as reported by Delaware Online. “They come out and already have so many things they have to do. You do have to pay a cost when you do the wrong thing … But we also don’t want to set them up for failure.”
The proposed ordinance, filed last month, would require registrants to be photographed, verify registry information every six months, and provide notification of change of address within 10 days of moving. Those liable to register would