Cleveland’s New Gun Offender Registry Has Zero Takers In First Month

by Chad D. Baus

Breaking news! Criminals won’t register their guns…

Cleveland’s New Gun Offender Registry Has Zero Takers In First Month
Cleveland’s New Gun Offender Registry Has Zero Takers In First Month

Buckeye Firearms Foundation

Ohio -(  What happens when an anti-gun rights mayor passes a new gun control law and no one complies?

That question has now been answered in the City of Cleveland.

According to WEWS, Cleveland’s ABC affiliate, Tuesday December 2 2015 marked a month since Cleveland’s controversial gun registry program went active and, in 30 days, not one person has registered.

The law, which Mayor Frank Jackson claimed would help curb gun violence in his city, requires requires people convicted of a gun crime to go to the city’s Justice Center and fill out a form that requires the following:

  • Name, date of birth, sex
  • Current home address
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Current photo of said offender
  • Description of gun offense
  • Name, address, phone number of offender’s workplace
  • Name, address, phone number of educational institution offender attends
  • Any other information Safety Director finds reasonably necessary

While Cleveland’s assistant director of public safety Tim Hennessy says he thinks criminals will come running to sign up once they find out about the requirement, at least one councilman says he isn’t surprised the law is a failure:

“I would have been shocked if they came running to sign up,” said councilman Jeff Johnson, who believes the registry will have limited impact on reducing gun crimes.

He added that authorities aren’t knocking on doors to find who hasn’t registered; it will likely be used as an add-on to someone who has committed another crime.

“It’s more sizzle than fire,” Johnson said. “The thought is that those who have committed gun crimes will commit gun crimes again and that’s not necessarily the way to approach anti-violence legislation.”

According to the report, those who fail to register within the required five days of conviction could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.


Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities. Visit:

Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Another example of passing another impotent law from impotent law makers. They are eager to “do something” even if that “something” will have zero effect on crime. And by-the-way, have these morons ever heard of the Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination? They are ordering people who’ve been convicted of gun crimes but still have a gun, to place themselves on a list. Requiring convicted felons to report the sale or purchase of firearms, may violate the Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. (US Supreme Court: Haynes v. United States, 390 U.S. 85 (1968).

Jon Dough

Fpav commented: ” The reporter said ‘ it only applies if your a convicted felon and legally own a gun’ !????

~~~ It is already against FEDERAL LAW for ANY FELON to even touch a gun ~~~
Thus the so-called “reporter” is just another ‘useful idiot’ -as Karl Marx called them

Read more:

Elder Ambassador

Absolutely right! They can NOT be forced to testify (by filling out ANY form, including the 4473) against themselves.

TSgt B

Persons convicted of a crime cannot be forced to comply with such a ludicrous “law”, according to the U. S. Supreme Court. Google “Haynes v. U.S.”.

Capn Jack

Frank Jackson and Tim Hennessy have been taking their dumb down pills.
Who votes for these people?


I know I’m a little extreme, but since the FBI has said that the majority of crime is being committed by repeat offenders, getting rid of the repeat offenders would seem to be the solution.

Old Salt

Honest to God, I thought I was reading another post from the Borowitz Report or The Onion. This is right up there with Cheney’s rosy predictions about our invasion of Iraq!

roy p.

leave to the city of Cleveland to come of something as dumb as that. that is the I moved out that messed up city!


Liberal politicians are losing their war against the 2nd Amendment and personal freedom. Ridiculous laws and regulations like Cleveland’s “Gun Offender Registry” are proof of that. These Democrats are ‘grasping at straws’.

Carlyle Rucker

I thought that a convicted felon could not own or have a gun, legal or otherwise or assoiate with other convicted felons??


gee, i wonder why criminals are not obeying this law? maybe the Mayor should get another law passed that its against the law to be a criminal..


The reporter said ‘ it only applies if your a convicted felon and legally own a gun’ !???? Did I hear that right!? I really don’t think that criminals will “sign up” to put themselves on a come and get me list. These politicians have got to be from the Dumbing Down era in American Education during its full swing to think this stupid law up.

Jesse Scott

More useless measures to help the unintelligent think something is being done about guns.


So using the logic of the good Councilman, a minor traffic violation could get you fifteen years, after all the “incidentals” add up. On the other side, if one has already been convicted of a gun crime, why bother with this “criminal registration” scheme. Are those adjudicated and convicted not already known to the system once convicted? Does the City of Cleveland purge its records by a specific date after conviction?