In February, the Rhode Island Senate introduced more than half a dozen anti-gun bills. Most of these misguided bills have been introduced in previous years and defeated. This comes on the heels of a conference hosted by Governor Gina Raimondo (D) where she made it abundantly clear that gun control is at the top of her agenda in 2016.
Similar to recent years, these bills are rife with attempts to further infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. For example, Senate Bill 2565 would “make it unlawful to carry a rifle or shotgun in a vehicle or on one's person, visible or concealed, except at one's residence, place of business or land.” This vaguely worded and wholly unnecessary legislation could ensnare travelers passing through the state or those who are heading to the range and may need to stop somewhere. If enacted, anybody who falls prey to this egregious bill could be jailed for up to ten years.
Multiple other outrageous bills were introduced and if SB 2565 is any indication of the lengths that anti-gun lawmakers are willing to go, then Rhode Islanders need to remain vigilant. Stay informed through our email alerts as well as online at www.NRAILA.org. Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated as the session continues and both anti-gun and pro-gun legislation receives hearings.