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Microstamping Legislation to be Considered in Rhode Island!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voice Heard!

The Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary will consider microstamping legislation next week on Thursday, April 24.  House Bill 7834, sponsored by State Representatives Joseph Almeida (D-12), Edith Ajello (D-3), Anastasia Williams (D-9), Grace Diaz (D-11), and Joanne Giannini (D-7) would ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology.  

Microstamping is an unproven technology that would require identifying marks to be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm in such a manner that these marks are transferred to the cartridge case upon firing.  The technology can easily be defeated with common household tools, has no public safety value, and will add substantially to the cost of the firearm.  This proposed legislation would also make it illegal to alter a firearm equipped with microstamping technology.  It would put law-abiding gun owners in legal jeopardy for simply repairing a firearm or replacing a damaged or broken firing pin.

H7834 will be heard Thursday, April 24 in Room 205 of the State House.  It will be considered at the Rise of the House, whenever business for the day ends, usually between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Please attend the hearing and show your opposition to this ill-conceived legislation.  If you are unable to attend, please contact the members of the House Committee on Judiciary and respectfully urge them to oppose H7834.  Contact information can be found below.


State House Committee on Judiciary
 

State Representative Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-33) (Chairperson)
(401) 792-9090
rep-lally@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Gregory J. Schadone (D-54) (Co-Vice Chairperson)
(401) 354-8300
 

State Representative Timothy A. Williamson (D-25) (Co-Vice Chairperson)
(401) 823-9200
rep-williamson@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Edith H. Ajello (D-3) (Secretary)
(401) 274-7078
rep-ajello@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Jon D. Brien (D-50)
(401) 766-9887
rep-brien@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative David A. Caprio (D-34)
(401) 861-6200
rep-caprio@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Bruce J. Long (R-74)
(401) 222-2259
rep-long@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-15)
(401) 461-5800
rep-mattiello@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative William J. McManus (R-46)
(401) 727-1658
rep-mcmanus@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative J. Patrick O'Neill (D-59)
(401) 475-0265
rep-oneill@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Peter G. Palumbo (D-16)
(401) 785-2882
rep-palumbo@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Amy G. Rice (D-72)
(401) 841-0505
rep-rice@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Joseph H. Scott (D-39)
(401) 782-1200
rep-scott@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Raymond J. Sullivan Jr. (D-29)
(401) 828-9207
rep-sullivan@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Donna M. Walsh (D-36)
(401) 364-6433
rep-walsh@rilin.state.ri.us

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