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Gun Offender Registry Tracking Fewer Than Thought

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County police say a new gun offender registry is tracking fewer convicts than originally estimated.

The registry began requiring people convicted of gun-related offenses to register with the department six months ago. On Jan. 13, 55 people were being monitored. Initial estimates based on gun violence levels projected as many as 1,400 could be added over three years, or about 39 a month.

Baltimore’s registry has grown to more than 1,600 people since it started in 2008.

The Washington Times reports the registry is designed to reduce gun violence by allowing police to better track those convicted of gun crimes. Convicted gun offenders must register and meet with police twice a year for up to five years. Police say most have complied so far.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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