The Rhode Island State House Committee on Judiciary has pulled House Bill 7834 off of its agenda. However, the Senate Committee on Judiciary has now scheduled its companion bill, Senate Bill 2720, for a hearing tomorrow, Thursday, April 24.
S2720, introduced by State Senators Harold Metts (D-6), Juan Pichardo (D-2) and Paul Jabour (D-5), 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.
S2720 will be heard tomorrow, Thursday, April 24 in Room 313 of the State House. It will be considered at the Rise of the Senate, whenever business for the day ends, usually between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge them to oppose S2720! Contact information can be found below.
State Senate Committee on Judiciary:
State Senator Michael J. McCaffrey (D-29), Chairperson
State Senator Charles J. Levesque (D-11), Vice Chairperson
State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-33), Secretary
State Senator Leo R. Blais (R-21)
State Senator Daniel P. Connors (D-19)
State Senator Christopher B. Maselli (D-25)
State Senator John F. McBurney, III (D-15)
State Senator Harold M. Metts (D-6)
State Senator Rhoda E. Perry (D-3)
State Senator John C. Revens, Jr. (31-D)