R.I leaders look for federal resources to take action against gun violence

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – In order to enhance public safety, the state’s Congressional delegation is looking to deliver federal resources to take legislative action to prevent gun violence.

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline will join Attorney General Peter Neronha, Governor Dan McKee, and the Nonviolence institute to make the announcement.

The legislation is also looking to expand access to effective mentoring programs in order to keep young people out of criminal involvement.

Providence has had eight shooting deaths since January.

According to lawmakers, there are commonsense, evidence-based interventions that can help reduce violence and improve public safety.

This includes a commonsense gun violence prevention measure that provides help and mentorship to men and women of all ages at risk of falling into the criminal justice system.

The announcement is scheduled for 11:00 A.M.

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