“Red Rain” by Gemelya Barros

RICAGV Commissions Artist Gem Barros In the summer of 2021 the Board asked Gem to create a piece of art that would memorialize the pain of gun violence not only as a parent who lost her daughter, but also as a Rhode Islander during a dramatic surge in gun deaths and...

RI Judiciary Chairs Getting Ready to Decide on 2021 Legislation

Successfully Managing a Daunting Task Firearm hearings have been long, drawn-out affairs as a rule, and this year was no exception. Thankfully, Senate and House Judiciary Chairs Cindy Coyne and Bob Craven managed to respectfully steer contentious members through the...

Caldwell and Kazarian Rock the House for Gun Safety Reform

An Historic Achievement Rep. Justine Caldwell, along with new House Whip Katherine Kazarian, have garnered dozens of co-signers on four key bills, creating majority support for reforms that have been popular with public safety officials and Rhode Island residents for...

2020 Database Cleanup

We’re Cleaning Up Our List and We Need Your Help! 2021 is right around the corner and with new House leadership and a new Senate Judiciary Chair, we’re excited about the possibilities! Please update your information so we have the best way to reach you...

60 RIGA Candidates Endorsed by RICAGV

RICAGV Press Release Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Announces Endorsements for the 2020 General Assembly Election See RIGA Endorsements FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 27, 2020 CONTACT: Linda Finn, Executive Director (401) 258-6851 ~ linda@ricagv.org...

Coronavirus and Guns in RI

A timeline of RI events that produced a 132% Increase in NICS Background Checks in March 2020 – putting us at the top of the list of U.S. states. February 29, 2020 First COVID case reported RI Department of Health   March 9, 2020 Gov. Raimondo declares...

RI Leads Nation in Background Checks

132% Increase from February to March in Rhode Island These figures do not indicate gun sales, only that a background check was conducted. A person that has a clean background check may purchase more than one firearm. Rounding out the top ten states with the highest...

Red Flag Law in Rhode Island

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) Also known as Red Flag, EPROs allow the temporary removal of firearms. Under RI General Law 8-8.3, firearms may be removed, by court order, from a person who poses a significant danger of causing imminent personal injury to self...

RI Police Chiefs Struggle with Surge in FBI Background Checks

Following National Trend, RI Police Struggle with Massive Increase in Gun Permit Applications In a letter to Gov. Raimondo, dated March 20th, Col. Sid Wordell, Executive Director of the RI Police Chiefs’ Association, requested an extension of the legal time frame to...