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Durham Police Chief Wants To Stop Entering Old Gun Registration Records On Computer

Posted May 30, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Durham police may give up on the idea of computerizing 65 years' worth of gun registration records.

More than 58,000 forms have been filed at the courthouse since 1935. A clerk who was hired to create a database in 1998 is only up to the letter "G." Even if the records are computerized one day, police officials are not sure they would do any good.

"How will the officers access it?" says Durham Police Chief Teresa Chambers. "What will he or she do with it at two in the morning? Will there be a computer staffed 24 hours a day to provide that kind of data?"

The gun registration law was passed by theGeneral Assembly, but it only applies to Durham County. The city could ask lawmakers to repeal it.