We Did It!

After years of persistence and great support from our partner organizations, advocates and SO many legislators, two substantial gun safety bills passed this year!

The Harold T. Metts School Safety Act

Prohibiting concealed carry on K-12 schools.

Thanks to all Sponsors and Co-Sponsors:

Sponsored in the Senate by Senate President Ruggerio
Co-sponsored by Senators Coyne, Goodwin, Gallo, Pearson, Euer

Sponsored in the House by Majority Whip Kazarian
Co-sponsored by Reps. Diaz, Ajello, Ranglin-Vassell, Fogarty, Caldwell, Blazejewski, McEntee, Carson, Cortvriend

Straw Buyers

Cracking down to prevent gun trafficking

Thanks to all Sponsors and Co-Sponsors:

Sponsored in the Senate by Senator Miller
Co-sponsored by Senators Coyne, Cano, Bell, Quezada, Goodwin, DiPalma, Acosta, Mendes, Goldin

Sponsored in the House by Rep. Knight
Co-sponsored by Reps. Caldwell, Craven, McEntee, Speakman, Blazejewski, Carson, Amore, Kazarian, Williams

FBI Background Checks in RI Increase 111%

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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