Fighting to Reduce Gun Violence in Rhode Island

Our coalition of more than 100 partner organizations includes over 120,000 Rhode Islanders united in the effort to reduce gun violence.

Join us at our 6th Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6 to 8pm

at the Casino at Roger Williams Park

 

2019 Legislative Agenda

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

Safe Schools Act

Keeping kids and teachers safe by prohibiting guns on all school grounds with sensible exceptions.

No Large Capacity Mags

Making it harder for mass killers limiting ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds.

Providence Police Chief and the RI Police Chiefs Association Support Common Sense Gun Safety Legislation

Assault Weapon Regulation

Stepping in where the federal government has failed to regulate military-style assault weapons.

RI students demonstrate to keep guns out of their schools.

Gun Control IS Constitutional

In 2008, District of Columbia v. Heller affirmed:

“the [Second Amendment] right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Using Heller v. DC, six U.S. Courts of Appeal have REJECTED Second Amendment protection for state assault weapons and/or high capacity magazine bans, most recently in Massachusetts on April 26, 2019!

Rhode Islanders Are Not Fooled By Propaganda

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 respecting Second Amendment rights.

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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
  • 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 News, Politics, Incidents and Statistics

Massachusetts Upholds Assault Weapons Ban

For the second time in almost exactly one year the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejects Second Amendment protection for assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines.

House Judiciary Committee Members 2019

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2018 Year in Review

Rhode Islanders across the state banded together for common-sense reforms.

Join us at our

6th Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, October 24, 2019
from 6 to 8pm at the
Casino at Roger Williams Park

Proactively Saving Lives and Making Communities Safer in Rhode Island

Our work is focused on reducing gun violence across our state through:

LEGISLATIVE REFORM

Advocating for common-sense legislative changes and electing gun safety reform lawmakers.

YOUTH ORGANIZING

Empowering students to create and sustain positive change through grassroots advocacy, education and training.

RAISING AWARENESS

Organizing outreach and events to bring communities together in advocacy.

EXPANDING INFLUENCE

Strategically adding key partners whose missions and goals intersect with reducing gun violence in R.I.

Gun Control IS Constitutional

In 2008, DC v. Heller affirmed:

 “the [Second Amendment] right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever  in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” 

Using Heller, SIX U.S. Courts of Appeal have REJECTED Second Amendment protection for state assault weapons and/or high capacity magazine bans, most recently in Massachusetts on April 26, 2019!

Rhode Islanders Overwhelmingly Support Gun Control

In a 2016 poll of registered R.I. voters, large majorities supported common-sense legislation to make our communities safer.

83% Support No
Concealed Carry in K-12 Schools

75% Support Limiting
Magazines to 10 Rounds

60% Support Regulating
Assault-Style Military Weapons

Recent News About Gun Violence and Safety Reform in R.I. and the U.S.

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