By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland residents newly convicted of gun offenses are now required to register with the police department or face being charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.

The gun registry law took effect Sunday. It says residents charged with gun offenses must register within five days of being convicted or released from prison. Mayor Frank Jackson and city council members pushed through new gun laws in April in the hope of curbing gun violence in Cleveland. Cleveland has seen a 40-percent rise in gun homicides this year.

An attorney for the pro-gun rights group Buckeye Firearms Association says it’s uncertain if the registry law would withstand a court challenge. Ken Hanson says registries in cities such as New York and Chicago have seen low rates of compliance.

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