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 the fight for sensible gun safety reform – every dollar you give funds our efforts to keep up the pressure on lawmakers at the R.I. State House.

Call Leaders at the State House to Demand a Vote

Since 2013 expert-recommended gun safety bills have been stalled in committee, it is time to move them to the floor of the House and Senate for debate and up-or-down votes!

 In 5 minutes you can leave a message with office staff who are ready to quickly and efficiently document your support.
It is best to call Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am until 8pm when office staff is present.
Voice messages can be left on weekends or evenings. See call scripts below 🙂

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio

401-222-6655

CALL SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is
[your name] and I live in [your city/town].

I am calling today to ask the President to move the following bills to the floor of the Senate for debate and up-or-down votes:

Safe Schools Act – S0636

Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban – S0637

Assault Weapon Ban – S0635

♦♦♦ OPTIONAL:
My phone number is [your phone] if verification is needed. ♦♦♦ 

Thanks so much and have a good day.

Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello

401-222-2466

CALL SCRIPT

Hi, my name is
[your name] and I live in [your city/town].

I am calling today to ask the Speaker to move the following bills to the floor of the House for debate and up-or-down votes:

Safe Schools Act – H5762

Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban – H5739

Assault Weapon Ban – H5741

♦♦♦ OPTIONAL:
My phone number is [your phone] if verification is needed. ♦♦♦ 

Thanks so much and have a good day.

Active shooter and mass shooting (involving 4 or more victims) incidents continue to skyrocket, in addition to frequent and appalling conceale carry mishaps in schools.

Meanwhile, our leadership holds these bills back, despite broad EXPERT support throughout RI:

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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Thanks for Signing! We can't do it without folks like you 🙂 RECENT NEWS AND EVENTS

2018 Year in Review

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

Youth Empowerment Strategy Unveiled

YES!RI is statewide network that partners with established student groups as well as the RI ACLU to effectively combat gun violence in Rhode Island.

Fighting to Reduce Gun Violence in RI

Join the fight for sensible gun safety reform – every dollar you give funds our efforts to keep up the pressure on lawmakers at the R.I. State House.

Call State House Leaders to Demand a Vote

Since 2013 expert-recommended gun safety bills have been stalled in committee, it is time to move them to the floor of the House and Senate for debate and up-or-down votes!

It only takes 5 minutes to leave 2 messages with office staff who are ready to quickly and efficiently document your support. 

It is best to call Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am until 8pm when office staff is present.
Voice messages can be left on weekends or evenings. See call scripts below 🙂

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio

RI Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, District 4401-222-6655

CALL SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [your name] and I live in [your city/town].

I am calling today to ask the President to move the following bills to the floor of the Senate for debate and up-or-down votes:

Safe Schools Act – S0636

Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban – S0637

Assault Weapon Ban – S0635

♦ OPTIONAL: My phone number is [your phone] if verification is needed.

Thanks so much and have a good day.

Speaker Nicholas Mattiello

RI Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, District 15401-222-2466

CALL SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [your name] and I live in [your city/town].

I am calling today to ask the Speaker to move the following bills to the floor of the House for debate and up-or-down votes:

Safe Schools Act – H5762

Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban – H5739

Assault Weapon Ban – H5741

♦ OPTIONAL: My phone number is [your phone] if verification is needed.

Thanks so much and have a good day.

Incidents are Skyrocketing

The dramatic increase in active shooter and mass shooting incidents (involving 4 or more victims), in addition to frequent and appalling concealed carry mishaps in schools, shows no signs of stopping.

Meanwhile, our leadership holds these bills back, despite broad EXPERT support throughout RI:

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, 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!

Legislative Agenda

No Concealed Carry in Schools

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

RI students demonstrate to keep guns out of their schools.

No Large Capacity Mags

Making it harder for mass killers by limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

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

Assault Weapon Regulation

Banning certain military-style assault weapons, with sensible exclusions.

RI students demonstrate to keep guns out of their schools.

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.

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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