Councilmember Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced on August 21 the introduction of legislation guaranteeing community access and mandating a community notification requirement within the city’s gun offender registry. Constantinides was joined by bill co-sponsors Councilmembers Paul Vallone (DBayside) and Ritchie Torres (D-The Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Constantinides said, “This online gun offender registry bill will promote public safety and guarantee our communities are notified when a registered gun offender lives within their neighborhood. Gun violence is a public policy challenge which requires a multitude of solutions. Protecting the public’s right to know their neighbor is an essential building block of fostering stronger community relations. The Gun Offender Registry bill will better equip our city in the effort to combat and eradicate gun violence.”