New Yorkers could receive an alert whenever a new gun offender moves into their neighborhood if a bill being introduced in the City Council Thursday gets approved.
The bill would make the NYPD’s gun offender registry available to the public in a searchable database where people could sign up to receive an email alert if a gun offender moved into their neighborhood in the hope of reducing the recent rise in shootings citywide.
Under the law, the gun offenders’ name and street will be listed along with a recent photograph, a physical description, the date of the gun crime and sentencing information.
“It will make our communities more aware of who is in our neighborhood and what actions they have taken,” said Queens Councilman Costa Constantinides, who is sponsoring the bill with Council members Ritchie Torres of The Bronx and Paul Vallone of Queens. “Part of public safety is knowing who is on the field.”