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NYC Gun Registry Upheld By State’s Top Court

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The state’s top court has rejected a convict’s challenge to being listed in the New York City registry of gun offenders, concluding it’s an administrative matter like sex offender registration and not subject to sentencing appeals.

The unanimous Court of Appeals ruling on Thursday says the registration of Sean Smith was not actually part of his criminal sentence.

He was sentenced in 2009 to five years in prison and five years on probation after pleading guilty to gun possession in Manhattan.

Attorneys challenged the requirement that he had to register as a gun offender and report to the New York Police Department every six months for the four years after he gets out of prison.

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