RICAGV Press Release
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Applauds House Judiciary
Committee for Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
CONTACT: Kat Kerwin, Director of Communications
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order
Providence, Rhode Island April 10, 2018 – Thanks to the House Judiciary Committee, Rhode Island is one step closer to enacting an important gun violence prevention measure that will make Rhode Island safer. The Extreme Risk Protection Order that passed by a 12-0 vote by the House Judiciary Committee today, along with a ban on “bump-stock” devices, will now move to the full House floor for a vote. If passed, the bill would allow law enforcement to go to a court to petition to remove firearms from persons deemed a danger to themselves or others.
“We know that a firearm is a dangerous and lethal weapon.” Said RICAGV President Linda Finn. “The chance of fatality increases by 95% when one uses a firearm compared to another tool.”
While the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence applauds the House Judiciary Committee, it also maintains that this cannot be the only response to the overwhelming public outcry for live-saving gun violence prevention measures. The General Assembly must also pass additional legislation such as the Safe Schools Act, the Assault Weapon Ban, and High Capacity Magazine Ban in order to make Rhode Island safer from gun violence.
Email your reps to urge their support for two other key gun violence reduction bills currently in committee:
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The Safe Schools Act
Prohibiting concealed carry in K-12 schools, excepting police and peace officers.
The R.I. Assault Weapon Ban
Prohibiliting possession and sale of semiautomatic assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to ten (10) or less; making provisions for “grandfathered” ownership and exceptions for law enforcement.
News and Events
Legislative success and phenomenal organizational and grassroots growth in 2018.
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.
RI students do it again! Kudos to all the kids who showed up to protest the inaction of the RI legislature for 4 years in a row.
Pawtucket resident, writer and lawyer Liz Abbott’s letter was published in the Providence Journal on April 23, 2018.
RICAGV supporters took action on National Gun Violence Prevention Awareness Day for all victims and their families by canvassing RI Speaker Mattiello’s district in Cranston.
Dozens of supporters lobby RI lawmakers for The Safe Schools Act, the Assault Weapon Ban, and the High Capacity Magazine Ban.
Bishop Tobin Writes in Support of RI Coalition Against Gun Violence Efforts for Common Sense Gun Control
Bishop Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence wrote in support of common-sense gun reforms.