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.

Take Action

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

Statement on the End of the 2018 Legislative Session

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.

Great Turnout for Lobby Day

Dozens of supporters lobby RI lawmakers for The Safe Schools Act, the Assault Weapon Ban, and the High Capacity Magazine Ban.