Lawsuit in the works over recently passed high-capacity magazine ban
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Providence law firm is looking at challenging the recently passed high-capacity magazine ban that passed the General Assembly Tuesday.
The firm Kelly, Souza and Parameter Law firm said they are “planning to file suit on behalf of our clients” once the bill is signed, according to attorney Dane Ardente.
Ardente and two other attorneys with the firm sent a letter to the House of Representatives June 10 raising concerns about the bill.
“The State of Rhode Island will be challenged for constitutional violations stemming from the fact that an act that takes private property without providing just compensation is a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s taking clause of the Rhode Island Federal Constitution of the United States,” reads an excerpt from that letter.
The attorneys further argued that the passed law does not include a grandfather clause as well.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha, who was in support of the bill, said he will fight the challenge.
“Should the State be sued here, we are confident we will able to defend the law,” a spokesperson told ABC 6 News.
The bill which passed the House last Friday and the Senate Tuesday will limit the rounds a magazine can hold to ten.
Gov. Dan McKee reiterated again Thursday he will sign the bill, though a date when that will take place has not been finalized.