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TN lawmaker fights to create arsonist registry

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Many states have an arson registry on the books including Ohio, which began one in July. Many states have an arson registry on the books including Ohio, which began one in July.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Tennessee lawmaker is fighting to create a registry for fire starters. Similar to sex offenders, convicted arsonists would be required to register on a database which would alert authorities when out-of-state arsonists move into the area.

Tennessee Representative Steve McManus wants them on a registry.

"For every year for 10 years that person has to report," said McManus. "To the local sheriff in his jurisdiction."

McManus represents Cordova. He plans to bring this up in January when the next legislative session begins.

"They did not want to have the names available to the public ... This was strictly going to go before law enforcement because they want to avoid a vigilante scene," he said.

Many states have an arson registry on the books including Ohio, which began one in July. Studies show many arsonists are repeat offenders, and a registry would be a way for law enforcement to track them.

"It would hopefully be a deterrent from them committing that crime again," said McManus.

The bill creating an arsonist registry in Tennessee is expected to be brought up this coming January.

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