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Rhode Island: Dueling Gun Control Hearings on Tap This Week

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rhode Island: Dueling Gun Control Hearings on Tap This Week

Tomorrow night will be a busy night at the Statehouse.  The House and Senate Judiciary Committees will both be convening after floor sessions wrap up at approximately 4:30 p.m.  The agenda contains almost two dozen gun bills, both good and bad.  It goes without saying that anti-gun lawmakers are seizing the opportunity to press for harsh gun control laws in the Ocean State, and it is imperative that gun owners turn out in strong numbers to fight this unprecedented assault on the Second Amendment.  Please plan to attend Statehouse hearings on Tuesday night, however if you are unable to attend, it’s imperative that you contact your lawmakers and urge them to reject any new gun control measures.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will take testimony on the following pro-gun bills:

S.2139 by Sen. Archambault would expand concealed carry reciprocity to any state which recognizes Rhode Island permits. 

S.2148 by Sen. Ciccone also expands reciprocity.

S.2143 by Sen. Archambault would reform the issuance of concealed carry permits in a number of favorable ways.

S.2144 by Sen. Archambault would legalize hunting with the use of a suppressor.


The Committee will also consider several bills which we oppose in their current form and include, but are not limited to:

S.2289 by Sen Metts would ban CCW in K-12 schools despite existing state law which permits it. 

S2276 by Sen. Metts criminalizes possession of firearms by youths.  Despite being sold as a gang violence prevention measure, this bill would do nothing but subject young competitive and recreational shooters and sportsmen to criminal prosecution.  This bill has been introduced for nearly 15 years.

S.2271 by Sen. Sheehan bans bump stocks, binary triggers and trigger cranks, punishable by a 10 year prison sentence.  Under Rhode Island law, bump stocks are already illegal once attached to a semi-automatic firearm. 

S.2292 by Sen. Seveny is legislation similar to S.2271.

S.2319 by Sen. Goldin would ban firearm magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. 

S.2493 by Sen. Miller seeks to ban semi-automatic firearms as well as most standard capacity magazines.


The House Judiciary Committee will hear the following gun bills:

H.7075 by Rep. Craven bans bump stocks similar to the two aforementioned Senate bills, S.2271 and S.2292.

H.7688 by Rep. Canario and H.7763 by Rep. Ranglin-Vassell are so-called “extreme risk protection orders” that lead to forfeiture of firearms with little to no due process.


Again, it is important that Rhode Island gun owners attend Statehouse hearings and make their voices heard.  Please continue contacting your legislators and respectfully ask that they oppose any new gun control measures.  

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