ABC 6 Exclusive: McKee, Moms Demand Action speak prior to historic gun legislation signing 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — On a historic day on Smith Hill, where Gov. Dan McKee signed three gun regulation bills into law, ABC 6 News spoke exclusively with the governor and the co-founder of Moms Demand Action.

The leaders said Rhode Islanders became safer Tuesday afternoon. 

The three bills signed ban large capacity magazines, raise the age to purchase a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21, and prohibit the public carry of a loaded firearms. The bills passed the Senate last week.

“What we have done is we have addressed an issue that you mentioned both occurred in Texas and New York,” said McKee. “An 18-year-old kid went in and purchased a gun, and then went and attacked and killed people and destroyed people’s lives.”

Shannon Watts, of Moms Demand Action, said the actions by Rhode Island legislators will save lives.

“When we look at states in America that have weak gun laws, we see more gun death. When we have states with stricter gun laws, we have less gun death. I know that’s intuitive, but that is what we make policy based on… We make it based on what will save lives,” Watts explained.

McKee and Watts were the first two speakers at the signing of the three bills in the state room Tuesday afternoon.

“We are showing that if you do the right thing, we’ll have your back. But if you do the wrong thing, we’ll have your job. As is the case in Rhode Island, our volunteers have decided they’re not only going to make policy but become lawmakers themselves,” Watts concluded to ABC 6.


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