WILMINGTON, Del. — A proposal to create a registry for gun offenders in Wilmington is moving forward after being put on hold amid concerns.

The proposal from the Wilmington City Council is similar in concept to the sex offender registry. It would require all Wilmington residents convicted of gun crimes in Delaware to register with the city police department within 10 days of their release. Those who fail to register could face fines and could go back to prison.

The council is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Oct. 19.

Over the summer, some council members and members of the public expressed concern that the registry would put an undue burden on people who had already served their time.

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