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2021 Legislative Agenda
While the gun lobby likes to say that these laws would only take away rights from “law-abiding citizens,” the fact is that increasing the accountability of gun owners to safely store their firearms, enforcing stricter rules to reduce straw purchases, and decreasing the number of highly-lethal firearms enhances the safety of all Rhode Islanders.
Evidence-Backed Gun Safety Reforms
- Prohibiting concealed carry in K-12 schools
- Limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds
- Cracking down on gun trafficking
- Requiring proper firearm storage
- Regulating military-style assault weapons
- Streamlining the permit process
Correspondingly, Rhode Island has seen an increase in gun violence and incidents throughout the state, with gun deaths (excluding suicides) increasing 87% from 2020 vs. 2019.
2020 RI Gun Safety Poll
Overwhelming support for common-sense gun safety measures, including more than 70% in favor of limiting magazine capacity and regulating assault weapons.
Gun Safety Reform 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.”
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