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 key laws will enchance the safety of all Rhode Islanders:
- Increasing the accountability of gun owners to safely store their firearms
- Enforcing stricter rules to reduce straw purchases
- Decreasing the number of highly-lethal firearms
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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