RICAGV Press Release
RICAGV Congratulates Massachusetts Appeals Court Ruling in Favor of the Assault Weapons Ban
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 9, 2018
CONTACT: Kat Kerwin, Director of Communications
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Statement Congratulates Massachusetts for Court Ruling in Favor of the Assault Weapon Ban
Providence, Rhode Island (April 9, 2018) – The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) applauds Massachusetts for consistently having the strongest gun laws in the nation, policy that has resulted in the state having the lowest death
rate in the country.
This is after a federal court ruled against the National Rifle Association’s challenge to the state’s assault weapon ban. U.S. District Judge William Young ruled the ban is in fact constitutional stating: “The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original meaning of the individual constitutional rights to ‘bear arms.'”
RICAGV maintains that Rhode Island will be next to ban dangerous military-style assault weapons, like the AR-15 that took 17 innocent lives in Parkland, Florida.
“The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence must join Massachusetts and ban military style assault weapons.” Said RICAGV President, Linda Finn. “Banning these dangerous weapons of war is an important step to saving lives in our communities.”
The Coalition is doubling down on their efforts to ban assault weapons with a community lobby day at the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, April 10 th at 3PM.
The General Assembly ignored the massive outpouring of anxiety and fear on display in 2018 by thousands of R.I. students, parents, teachers, professionals, arts, and concerned citizens by failing to bring The Safe Schools Act out of Judiciary Committees in both the House and Senate for the 4th straight year; they also left The Assault Weapon and High Capacity Magazine Bans in Judiciary, as well as failing to act on many family-focused pieces of legislation.
Another great turnout for lobbying lawmakers on The Safe Schools Act.
RICAGV joins with public health officials and law enforcement in opposition to the legalization of stun guns (tazers); these same officials are in support of The Safe Schools Act, which is still being held for study by the Judiciary Committee.