Supporters of common-sense gun safety reforms showed up by the dozens late Tuesday afternoon to speak with their local representatives and senators in a very successful lobby day at the State House.
We had a great mix of veteran supporters as well as many new faces who are stepping up to urge their local lawmakers to not only support our sensible bills, but also to put pressure on Speaker Mattiello and Senate President Ruggerio to ensure that these bills make it to the floor for votes:
Safe Schools Act:
- Restricts concealed carry on ALL k-12 schools grounds
- Makes exceptions for retired police officers
- 83% of Rhode Islanders support allowing ONLY police and peace officers to carry weapons in schools
Assault Weapon Ban:
- Restrict the possession and sale of semiautomatic assault weapons
- Limit ammunition magazines to ten (10) or less rounds
- Make provisions for “grandfathered” ownership of weapons
- Makes exceptions for law enforcement
- 60% of Rhode Islanders support an assault weapon ban
High Capacity Magazine Ban
- Limits ammunition magazines to ten (10) or less
- Exemptions apply for police officers and other officially recognized and sanctioned persons
All three of these bills have been “held for further study” for years, never making it out of committees. With the surge in mass shootings and the gun violence in schools reaching epidemic proportions, Rhode Islanders are overwhelmingly in support of these gun safety reforms.
Join in the fight for common-sense gun control in Rhode Island by emailing the leadership of the General Assembly to urge them to get these life-saving bills to the floor in 2018!