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Rhode Island: Anti-Gun (“Microstamping”) Bills Head to Committee!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Please Contact the Members of the Committee Today!

House Bill 7834, the "microstamping" proposal 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) has been referred to the House Finance Committee after being pulled from the agenda of the House Judiciary Committee.  Sensing a possible lack of support in the Judiciary Committee, typically the panel with expertise on firearms-related legislation, the bill's sponsors had it referred to another committee where H7834 could get a hearing and be voted on at any time.  

Its companion bill, Senate Bill 2720, introduced by State Senators Harold Metts (D-6), Juan Pichardo (D-2) and Paul Jabour (D-5), is being held up for further study in the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

H7834 and S2720 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.

Please contact the members of the House Finance Committee as well as the members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge them to oppose H7834 and S2720 respectively! 

Contact information for the House Finance Committee and the State Senate Committee on Judiciary can be found below. 

House Finance Committee

State Representative Steven M. Costantino (D-8) – Chairperson
(401) 521-1313
rep-costantino@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Kenneth Carter (D-31) – Vice Chair
(401) 294-9183
rep-carter@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative William San Bento Jr. (D-58) – Secretary
(401) 727-0276
rep-sanbento@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Joseph S. Almeida (D-12)
(401) 467-7033
rep-almeida@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Raymond C. Church (D-48)
(401) 762-1875
rep-church@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Elizabeth M. Dennigan (D-62)
(401) 434-8525
rep-dennigan@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative J. Russell Jackson (D-73)
(401) 848-7979
rep-jackson@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Robert B. Jacquard (D-17)
(401) 943-7799
rep-jacquard@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Peter L. Lewiss (D-37)
(401) 596-9951
rep-lewiss@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Victor G. Moffitt (R-28)
(401) 821-1299
rep-moffitt@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Carol A. Mumford (R-41)
(401) 647-3251
rep-mumford@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Eileen S. Naughton (D-21)
(401) 738-7928
rep-naughton@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Henry C. Rose (D-63)
(401) 435-5921
rep-rose@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative John A. Savage (R-65)
(401) 437-0466
rep-savage@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative John P. Shanley Jr. (D-35)
(401) 789-9055
rep-shanley@rilin.state.ri.us

State Representative Thomas C. Slater (D-10)
(401) 461-4554
rep-slater@rilin.state.ri.us


State Senate Committee on Judiciary: 

State Senator Michael J. McCaffrey (D-29), Chairperson
(401) 739-7576
sen-mccaffrey@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Charles J. Levesque (D-11), Vice Chairperson
(401) 683-9194
sen-levesque@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-33), Secretary
(401) 397-2720
sen-raptakis@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Leo R. Blais (R-21)
(401) 823-4536
sen-blais@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Daniel P. Connors (D-19)
(401) 728-0828
sen-connors@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Paul V. Jabour (D-5)
sen-jabour@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Christopher B. Maselli (D-25)
sen-maselli@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator John F. McBurney, III (D-15)
(401) 725-2459
sen-mcburney@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Harold M. Metts (D-6)
(401) 272-0112
sen-metts@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator Rhoda E. Perry (D-3)
(401) 751-7165
sen-perry@rilin.state.ri.us

State Senator John C. Revens, Jr. (31-D)
(401) 822-2900
sen-revens@rilin.state.ri.us

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