NRA Explore
APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Rhode Island: Gun Control Debate Moves to the House This Week

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rhode Island gun owners packed the Statehouse this week to voice loud opposition to the massive gun control package unveiled earlier this month by Governor Lincoln Chaffee (I), Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) and a handful of state lawmakers.  The state Senate Judiciary Committee went into the early morning hours on Friday.  Gun owners turned out en masse to make their voice heard, but we will need to sustain that effort as the action shifts to the state House this week. 

On Wednesday, May 1, the state House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear multiple firearm-related bills.  Previously reported here, these anti-gun bills would remove Rhode Islander’s ability to defend themselves using the most effective means by banning popular and commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds.  Also to be heard is legislation that would require all concealed carry licenses to be issued by the Attorney General.  This change would cause the state of Rhode Island to become a “May-issue” state instead of a “Shall-issue” state further damaging the right to self-defense of law-abiding citizens.

Bills to be heard on Wednesday include:

House Bill 5576, sponsored by state Representative Maria Cimini (D-7), makes unlawful the possession of a firearm by a minor.  Youth firearms possession is already addressed in both state and federal law, making this bill completely unnecessary.   This legislation would do nothing except place honest law-abiding youth who enjoy hunting and the shooting sports in jeopardy of being prosecuted.  While this bill is designed to combat gang violence and has some exceptions, it has glaring problems.  Similar legislation has annually been defeated, and this version is just as bad as previous years. 

House Bill 5990, sponsored by state Representative Joseph Almeida (D-12), imposes restrictions on the manufacture, transfer and possession of certain semi-automatic “assault weapons” and ban magazines containing more than ten rounds.

House Bill 5991, sponsored by state Representative Marvin Abney (D-73), increases the penalty for possessing a stolen firearm in the commission of a crime.  The bill has the potential to ensnare someone who unknowingly buys a stolen firearm, and that transaction could include an FFL purchase because dealers are not allowed access to stolen firearms records to verify whether or not a gun is stolen.

House Bill 5993, sponsored by state Representative Larry Valencia (D-39), abolishes all “shall issue” carry permits issued by local law enforcement and grants the Attorney General sole issuing authority.  The Attorney General permits are “may issue,” and this represents a serious attack on Rhode Island’s concealed carry law, moving the state to an exclusive “may issue” state.

House Bill 5994, sponsored by state Representative Gregg Amore (D-65), expands firearm possession disqualifiers to include misdemeanor offenses, whereas current law requires a felony conviction.  It also removes the two-year window in current law which provides for rights restoration.  This draconian bill is excessive and should be rejected.

House Bill 5208, sponsored by state Representative Grace Diaz (D-11), is similar to HB 5576 (listed above) and has been annually rejected.  This bill should be opposed for the reasons previously detailed.

House Bill 5573, sponsored by state Representative Linda Finn (D-72), requires gun owners to register ALL of their firearms.  Gun owners would be required to pay $100 per gun to register their firearms.  This unconstitutional bill is an outright attack on gun ownership. 

It is critical that you contact members of the state House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE the Governor’s anti-gun legislation which would damage the rights of Rhode Islanders to defend themselves effectively.

House Judiciary Committee:

Representative Edith H. Ajello (D-3), Chairman

rep-ajello@rilin.state.ri.us

 

Representative John J. DeSimone (D-5), Vice Chairman

rep-desimone@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)454-1400

  

Representative Joseph S. Almeida (D-12)

rep-almeida@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)467-7033

  

Representative Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-2)

rep-blazejewski@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)484-8814

 

Representative Dennis M. Canario (D-71)

Rep-canario@rilin.state.ri.us

(401) 683-4926

 

Representative Doreen Marie Costa (R-31)

rep-costa@rilin.state.ri.us

 (401)206-6891

 

Representative Robert E. Craven, Sr. (D-32)

rep-craven@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)294-2222

  

Representative Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-33)

rep-lally@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)792-9090

 

Representative Charlene Lima (D-14)

rep-lima@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)946-5707

  

Representative Michael J. Marcello (D-41)

rep-marcello@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)647-5905

  

Representative Peter F. Martin (D-75)

rep-martin@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)924-2404

    

Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-23)

rep-shekarchi@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)827-0100

  

Representative Donna M. Walsh (D-36)

rep-walsh@rilin.state.ri.us

(401)364-6433

TRENDING NOW

News  

Friday, July 24, 2015

Gun Control Group Would Endanger Military by Politicizing Firearm Procurement Process

As if misguided anti-gun policies that leave our fighting men and women defenseless stateside weren’t enough, some gun ...

News  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Obama's Social Security Administration to Strip Millions of Americans of their Right to Keep and Bear Arms

As the L.A. Times reported on July 18, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a program to ...

News  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NRA Applauds Congressman Johnson for Swift Action on Social Security Gun Grab

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) lauded Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways ...

News  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No Support for Military Right-to-Carry from Obama, Everytown, and Odierno

Support for allowing military personnel to carry firearms for self-protection following the terrorist attack upon military personnel in Chattanooga ...

News  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Presidential Candidates, Members of Congress, and Governors Call for Military Right-to-Carry

Following the murder of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy sailor by a terrorist in Chattanooga, presidential ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Florida Alert! Appeals Court UPHOLDS NRA Supported "Docs vs. Glocks" Gun Law

In 2011, at the urging of the NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the Florida Legislature passed  HB-155 ...

News  

Friday, July 24, 2015

"High Society" Types Sued Over Anti-Gun "Bracelets"

As the saying goes, "you can't make this stuff up." A lawsuit has been filed in Manhattan against ...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

North Carolina: Pro-Gun Omnibus Bill Passes Senate on Bipartisan Vote, Goes to Governor McCrory for Signature

Yesterday, the North Carolina State Senate passed House Bill 562, the NRA-backed omnibus pro-gun reform bill on a bipartisan vote ...

News  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Stop Obama's Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

It's happening again— President Obama is using his imperial pen and telephone to curb your rights and bypass Congress ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.