On January 7, the Rhode Island Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session. Governor Lincoln Chaffee delivered his final State of the State speech this week as nervous gun owners cautiously watched. Unlike 2013, when anti-gun politicians exploited the Newtown tragedy to push their agenda, this year’s rhetoric was significantly less daunting.
However, it is only a matter of time before many of the same bills from 2013 reappear. Last year, Rhode Island gun owners were faced with perhaps the largest barrage of anti-gun bills in state history. Law-abiding gun owners answered the call as they turned out in droves to attend committee hearings at the Statehouse and spent a considerable amount of time and effort contacting state lawmakers to make their views known. In the end, not a single ill-conceived gun control proposal moved beyond committee hearings.
We fully expect that many of the same failed gun control bills will return this year. Many of these issues appear on an annual basis. NRA-ILA’s State Liaison is preparing for another busy year in Providence, and we will continue to fight for Rhode Island gun owners. It’s important that Ocean State gun owners never become complacent and remain vigilant.
Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated throughout the 2014 legislative session when more information is available.