On Wednesday, May 9, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing, and the agenda will contain an important gun bill. H.7889 by Rep. Teresa Tanzi will be heard upon "Rise of the House." This bill makes some revisions to the Act that was signed last year dealing with domestic violence and mandatory firearm surrender. We opposed this legislation on the basis that it lacked adequate due process and rights restoration.
The Supreme Court and Rhode Island judges voiced concerns about last year's legislation as soon as it went into effect, and they have made some suggestions and called for amending the law. While H.7889 is a good first step in terms of acknowledging the legislation last session was flawed, the bill doesn't go far enough. NRA-ILA and our state association, the Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, are diligently working to secure more substantive reform. Legislative activity on this legislation is just beginning, and there is a long and arduous process ahead as the bill will also have to clear the Senate. Please continue to follow NRA-ILA alerts for updates on this important issue.