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Rhode Island: Concealed Carry Attack Stalls in Committee, But This Bill is Still Alive

Friday, June 7, 2013

Call House Committee Members TODAY in Opposition!

On Tuesday, House Bill 6160 was heard in the House Judiciary Committee.  After vocal opposition and testimony from gun owners, this committee voted to “hold the bill for further study.”  This procedural move keeps this legislation alive, but it does not advance in the legislative process without further action.

Sponsored by state Representative Larry Valencia (D-39), House Bill 6160 would remove the town clerk and sergeant from the list of licensing officers for concealed carry permits.  This legislation would impact residents of small towns like Exeter that do not have a chief of police and force gun owners to apply to the state Attorney General for concealed carry permits.  Attorney General-issued permits can be “May-issue” in practice.  This transfer of powers would effectively change the current “Shall-Issue” law to “May-Issue,” making it much more difficult for those who wish to exercise their constitutional rights to obtain a carry permit.

With only a few weeks remaining in the 2013 legislative session, it is important that you continue to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose House Bill 6160.  This legislation would set a dangerous precedent for letting towns circumvent Rhode Island’s concealed carry law, which could greatly impact your inherent right to self-defense as a citizen of the Ocean State.

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

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