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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

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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