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Many of those on the county’s gun-offender registry are also on probation, Sgt. Nalley said. Critics said the overlap shows a redundancy such registries create within the criminal justice system.

“You have probation officers. This is their job. Now we’re saying we’ll have police officers do this, too,” said Don Kates, a criminologist with the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif.

Depending on the severity of the crime committed, gun offenders in Prince George’s County are required to maintain contact with police for three to five years — lengths of time that can provide “a little more oversight” when they outlast probation sentences, Sgt. Nalley said.

“When you have someone that is a repeat offender, then I don’t think you can have too much oversight,” said County Council member Karen Toles, who sponsored the registry legislation.

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Deputy Chief Craig Howard’s position within the police department. The mistake has been corrected.