Fighting to Reduce Gun Violence in Rhode Island

 

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence is made up of more than 120,000 Rhode Islanders united in the effort to reduce gun violence.

 

2018 Legislative Agenda

We’re working hard to pass common sense legislation to help keep Rhode Island citizens and law enforcement officers safer.

No Guns in Schools

Keeping kids and teachers safe by prohibiting guns on all school grounds except by police or resource officers.

Students, parents, and teachers don’t want guns in our schools.
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No High Capacity Mags

Making it harder for mass killers by banning firearm magazines with more than 10 rounds.

RI Police Chiefs Support Common Sense Gun Safety Laws.
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Protect Rhode Island Families Act

Signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo in October 2017.

Congratulations to our bill sponsors and all of our members, volunteers, and partners – it wouldn’t have been possible without you!

Rhode Island becomes the 7th state this year to expand gun prohibition legislation to protections for victims of domestic violence.

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Rhode Islanders Support Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

Overwhelming Support for Gun Control in Rhode Island

The corporate gun lobby would have everyone believe that even the most sensible gun regulation represents a direct attack on the Second Amendment. Rhode Islanders know better, favoring gun violence reduction laws that are in line with academic and law enforcement recommendations and also respect Second Amendment rights.

Rhode Islanders Are Not Fooled By Propaganda

A 2016 poll in Rhode Island asked registered voters if they would support common sense legislation that would protect victims of domestic abuse, keep our children safer, and ban high capacity magazines, the weapon of choice for mass shooters; large majorities favored these updates to our current law. As expected, national and local corporate gun lobbies are against these reasonable measures.

 

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92% in Favor

Restricting guns for domestic abusers and requiring them to surrender their guns to reduce subsequent attacks on their victims.

As of October 2017 R.I. is now in-step with federal law and dozens of other states that restrict access to firearms for these abusers; these laws clearly keep victims safer:

  • Victims of domestic violence are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm
  • States that restrict access to firearms by domestic abusers see a 25% reduction in intimate partner gun deaths
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83% In Favor

Restricting guns on all elementary and secondary school grounds except by police, retired police, and resource officers.

Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) holders cannot be counted on to save lives and often put themselves and others in danger when they attempt to confront an active shooter.

  • The large majority of CCP holders do not have specialized “shoot/don’t shoot” training
  • CCP recertification is not required
  • Since 2007 at least 921 non-self defense gun deaths have been caused by CCP holders
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75% in Favor

Banning high capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds (the weapon on choice for mass shootings).

Local, state and national law enforcement are strongly against high capacity magazines (HCM), citing increased shootings and deaths being committed by individuals using HCM.

In addition, most of the recent mass shootings used HCMs that allowed the firing hundreds of bullets in minutes, including:

  • Las Vegas concert
  • Orlando night club
  • San Bernardino holiday party
  • Sandy Hook Elementary School

Recent Gun Violence and Statistics in the U.S.

Fighting to Reduce Gun Violence in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence is made up of more than 120,000 Rhode Islanders united in the effort to reduce gun violence.

2018 Legislative Agenda

No Guns in Schools

Keeping kids and teachers safe by prohibiting guns on all school grounds except by police or resource officers.

No High Capacity Mags

Making it harder for mass killers by banning firearm magazines with more than 10 rounds.

Protect Rhode Island Families Act

Signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo in October 2017. Congratulations to our bill sponsors and all of our members, volunteers, and partners – it wouldn’t have been possible without you!

Rhode Islanders Overwhelmingly Support Gun Control

In a 2016 poll of registered R.I. voters, large majorities supported common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence.

92% in Favor
Restricting guns for domestic abusers and requiring them to surrender their guns to reduce subsequent attacks on their victims.

83% In Favor
Restricting guns on all elementary and secondary school grounds except by police, retired police, and resource officers.

75% in Favor
Banning high capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds (the weapon on choice for mass shootings).

Recent Gun Violence and Statistics in the U.S.